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The Queen in Australia is a landmark in Australian history. It not only records the first visit by a reigning monarch to Australia, it was also the first colour, feature-length documentary made in this country. This historic program provides nationwide coverage of the 1954 Royal Tour by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh - a two-month journey that took in every facet of Australian life: garden parties at Government House, dancers at the Tivoli, racing at Randwick, tennis at Kooyong with Rosewall and Hoad, cricket with the Don, even a meeting with Papua New Guinean tribal chiefs. The young royals visited every state in the nation, and this film captures it all. The result is a remarkable and revealing insight into our nation in the 1950s.
(1954, 68 mins) An Australian National Film Board Production. Produced by the Film Division of the News and Information Bureau of the Department of the Interior in association with Film Centre London.
© National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
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