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State Visit to Australia by Their Imperial Majesties the Shananshan Aryamehr and the Shahbanou of Iran 1974, The

The official record of the first visit to Australia by Iran's Head Of State
Year : 1974 | Total Duration : 30 Minutes | Producer : Peter Johnson
Director : Jason Ollivier |
Military line at airport at night, Iranian flag being raised, crowds gathered, aircraft arriving. Shah of Iran leaving jet plane followed by Empress and entourage. Shah shaking hand with governor-general Sir John Kerr, military firing mortar salute, VS military ceremonial greetings and displays. MS official greetings from Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Kerr and other dignitaries. High angle WS over Cairns, train through sugar cane fields, track of fields. Shahbanou and Shananshan having tour of Kuranda railway station, greeting onlookers and boarding boat to Green Island. WS Green Island. Tour Island with Sir Joh and Florence Bjelke-Petersen, fish and coral through underwater windows of boat. Royal couple looking at crocodiles and turtles in enclosures.
Access No. 148618 | 4 mins 42 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over Sydney Harbour looking over Cahill expressway, Government House and Opera House to North Shore. Crowds gathered behind barriers at Sydney Airport waving Iranian flags, one holding large flag. Shah and Empress emerging from plane being greeted by Sir Roden and Lady Cutler. Couple shaking hands with supporters. Aerial zoom to motorcade arriving at Government House, Sydney. Cars along driveway and arriving to main entrance. Union Jack and Iranian flags flying from towers. Empress visiting NSW Spastic Centre, interacting with physically disabled people working in manufacturing positions. High track over official car travelling over Sydney Harbour Bridge, zoom out to high WS over whole Bridge. High angle pan over Wollongong, VS Shah visiting Port Kembla steelworks. VS machinery, VS visit to coal mine.
Access No. 150273 | 3 mins 39 secs | 1970s | Sydney; Wollongong, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Kangaroos in outdoor enclosure, Taronga Zoo. Visit by Shah of Iran and Empress, Empress using movie camera to film kangaroos. CS Sulphur-crested cockatoo with keeper, entourage around zoo, VS royal couple looking at koalas. VS Sydney Opera House shot from creative angles. Royal couple climbing interior stairs of Concert Hall in formal attire, N.B. crowd being prompted to applaud. Dignitaries including Sir Roden and Lady Cutler in crowd. WS Melbourne with city buildings along Yarra River. VS crowds and mounted police lining streets, Shah and Empress in motorcade accompanied by mounted guard down street to Melbourne Town Hall. Lord Mayor Councillor Walker greeting royals, high shot over crowds and band playing.
Access No. 150274 | 5 mins 10 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Royal car with Shah of Iran and Empress arriving at Royal Melbourne Agricultural Show parade grounds, press corps, royal couple taking seats in stands. VS animals being brought out for Grand Parade, good WS parade. Royal couple arriving at National Gallery of Victoria, couple touring various exhibits.
Access No. 150275 | 2 mins 11 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Shah of Iran and Empress being given tour of National Gallery of Victoria, looking at painting by Tiepolo, "The Banquet of Cleopatra". Jackson Pollak painting "Blue Poles" on display.
Access No. 150276 | 57 secs | 1970s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
State reception for Shah of Iran and Empress in ballroom of Government House, Melbourne. Royal couple in formal dress with State Governor Henry Winneke and State Premier Rupert (Dick) Hamer. High shots of crowd in ballroom. WS zoom into Old Parliament House, Canberra. Iranian flag flying, Shah climbing red carpet on stairs and walking with Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in main hall and posing together. VS Whitlam, foreign affairs minister Don Willesee and others mingling with Shah in crowd. MS speech by Whitlam at parliamentary lunch welcoming royal visitors and referring to each country's dealings to natural resources. Reply speech from Shah. VS leaders at table signing cultural exchange and trade agreements. Aerial tilt from Old Parliament House to Australian War Memorial.
Access No. 150277 | 6 mins 37 secs | 1970s | Melbourne, Vic; Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Shah attending wreath-laying ceremony intercut with dioramas depicting war and casualties. Shah of Iran and Empress on tour of Australian War memorial. High shot of Shah signing visitors book. WS National Library, Canberra with motorcade arriving. Shah and Empress being greeted into Library, GS display of Iranian childrens' books, Empress posing for photographers. VS paintings of native Australian birds. Royal couple arriving at lakeside Hotel, kitchen scenes with chefs preparing buffet. Guests climbing stairs and entering dining room greeted by Governor-General John Kerr, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Shahbanou and Shananshan. VS Margaret Whitlam, diplomats and politicians mingling and seated at long banquet table. Royal couple saying formal farewells at airport, boarding Iran Air plane, plane departing.
Access No. 150278 | 5 mins 7 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |