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The buildings were constructed of timber and plaster as they were meant to be temporary.
A pageant, organised by 'Master of the Pageants' Frank Lascelles, dramatising the history of London, England and the Empire was held. The first performance of the pageant was on 8 June 1911; in four parts, performed on separate days, it celebrated the ‘magnificence, glory and honour of the Empire and the Mother Country’. Music was provided for The Pageant of London by 20 composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Frank Bridge, Cecil Forsyth, Henry Balfour Gardiner, Edward German and Haydn Wood. This was performed by a military band of 50 players and a chorus of 500 voices, directed by W.H. Bell. The Pageant was so successful that performances were extended from July, when they were due to end, to 2 September.
As part of the festival, an Inter-Empire sports championship was held in which teams from Australasia (a combined team from Australia and New Zealand), Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom competed in five athletics events (100 yards, 220 yards, 880 yards, 1 mile and 120 yards hurdles), two swimming events (100 yards and 1 mile), heavyweight boxing and middleweight wrestling. This is regarded as a forerunner of the British Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games), held from 1930.
|Heavyweight boxing||Harold Hardwick (AUS)||Undefeated||William Hazell (GBR)||(lost to Hardwick in 2 and a half minutes)||Julius Thompson (CAN)||(lost to Hardwick in first round after 2 minutes, 35 seconds)|
|100-yard swim||Harold Hardwick (AUS)||60.6||John Derbyshire (GBR)||Johnson (CAN)|
|One-mile swim||George Hodgson (CAN)||25:27.6||Sydney Battersby (GBR)||(30 yards behind)||Malcolm Champion (NZL)||(retired due to fatigue)|
|Middleweight Wrestling||Stanley Vivian Bacon (GBR)||Undefeated||George Walker (CAN)||(defeated Smythe, lost to Bacon)||William Smythe (AUS)||(retired after first round defeat to Bacon)|
The team championship in athletics was decided on a points basis, with the countries' finishing position in each race totalling up a combined score. Canada won with the lowest score with eight points, having topped the podium in three of the five events, and was awarded the Inter-Empire trophy by Lord Lonsdale. The United Kingdom ended with nine points and Australasia were third with 13 points. The Australasia team combined New Zealand and Victoria athletes. Three scratch competitions were held alongside the championships proper: a 3/4-mile race, a 300-yard race and a two-mile team race. 
Ron Opie ran in both sprints as his teammate, William A. Woodger, took ill before the event and could not compete.
|100-yard dash||Frank Halbhaus (CAN)||10.4 ||Duncan Macmillan (GBR)||(one foot behind winner)||Ron Opie (NZL)||(one yard behind runner-up)|
|220-yard dash||Frank Halbhaus (CAN)||23.0||Ron Opie (NZL)||(inches behind winner)||Ernest Haley (GBR)|
|880-yard dash||Jim Hill (GBR)||1:58.6 ||Dad Wheatley (VIC)||(two yards behind winner)||Mel Brock (CAN)||(two yards behind winner)|
|Mile run||John Tait (CAN)||4:46.2 ||Eddie Owen (GBR)||(one yard behind winner)||Guy Haskins (NZL)||(six yards behind winner)|
|120-yard hurdles||Kenneth Powell (GBR)||16.0 ||Frank Lukeman (CAN)||(half a yard behind winner)||Frank Brown (VIC)||(six yards behind runner-up)|
|1320 yards (scratch)||Richard Yorke
London Athletic Club
|3:21.2 minutes||Arnold Knox
|(eight yards behind winner)||Albert Hare
Herne Hill Harriers
|300 yards (scratch)||Algernon Wells
Herne Hill Harriers
|23.4||W. T. Wettenhall
Cambridge Athletic Club
|(two yards behind winner)||F. J. Hoskin
Herne Hill Harriers
|(one yard behind runner-up)|
|Two-mile team race (scratch)||Herne Hill Harriers||7 pts||South London Harriers||19 pts||Essex Beagles||20 pts|
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