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Menzies RG - Our Coronation Tour, 1953: Coronation and procession

This silent clip, from one of prime minister Robert Menzies's home movies, shows scenes leading up to and during Queen Elizabeth II's coronation ceremony on 2 June 1953. An intertitle introduces footage of the coach leaving Buckingham Palace. Princess Elizabeth enters Westminster Abbey followed by her ladies in waiting ...


Queen Elizabeth II

This collection of seven digital curriculum resources is organised in four categories - the coronation; the 1953-54 tour of Australia; the Queen opening the Sydney Opera House in 1973; and the Queen's Silver Jubilee tour in 1977. The collection includes photographs, newsreel clips and rare colour footage of the coronation ...


Duchess of York receiving a bouquet, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of four-year-old Gwen Pinner presenting a bouquet to the Duchess of York on the steps of Parliament House (now Old Parliament House), Canberra, during the opening celebrations on 9 May 1927. The photograph was taken by Jack Mildenhall.


Crowds await the royal procession, Canberra, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of crowds lining a street in Kingston, Canberra, as they wait for the Duke and Duchess of York to drive past. The photograph was taken by Jack Mildenhall.


The Queen Goes West, 1988: Band rejected

This clip shows two members of the Longreach Town Band playing their instruments in the butcher's shop of the small town of Longreach, Queensland, where they work. The popular community band has been well established in Longreach for many years and plays at many local events. The band members explain that, although they ...


The Queen Goes West, 1988: Debutante ball

This clip shows young women and young men as they make their appearance at a traditional-style debutante ball that was part of the opening celebrations for the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland. Their entrance is accompanied by a Scottish band performing on bagpipes and drums. Members of the local ...