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Née Stella Maud Hinds

b.(c)1895 Blaubank, South Africa

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Travel and wildlife filmmaker, Stella co-directed at least two films with her husband Major Chaplin Court Treatt including Cape to Cairo (1926), a record of their motor expedition through Africa. She made appearances in several films, such as the travelogue Stark Nature (1930), a film depicting people and places in Sudan.

Stella was also a published writer and her books include Cape to Cairo: The Record of a Historic Motor Journey (1927), an autobiographical recounting of the 17-month long crossing of Africa in a Crossley automobile that she completed with her husband and four other Britains.  Sudan Sand: Filming the Baggara Arabs (1930), is an account of the making of the film Stampede (1929), which describes the expedition to Southern Sudan undertaken by Stella, her husband and brother. The intial objective of the trip, which started at Port Sudan and continued the length of the railway to El Obeid, was to make a moving picture of Sudan’s game, but the theme was later expanded to include the Baggara Arabs. 

Spouse: Major Chaplin Court Treatt, born 3 September 1888 – died 11 July 1954 in Los Angeles.

Chaplin, a motoring pioneer, lived at Elstead Mill, Surrey (now a pub and restaurant). In December 1918, he led one of three military survey and construction parties responsible for establishing aircraft landing grounds to service a new route between Cairo and the Cape. On his return to Elstead following his drive from the Cape to Cairo via the Sahara Desert, Chaplin received a hero’s welcome from the villagers. (CW)

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