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Princess Comes to Australia

The visit of Princess Alexandra of Kent to Australia in 1959
Year : 1959 | Total Duration : 18 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
CU landing wheel coming down from aircraft POV plane in air with semi-rural blocks below. CU wheel touching down on runway. WS aircraft along runway as crowds wait in foreground. WS seated crowd mainly foreign dignitaries, guests and officials. MS girls in Red Cross outfits. MS RAAF guard of honour performing routine and Princess Alexandra of Kent emerging from plane.
Access No. 133470 | 1 min 7 secs | 1950s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Governor-General and Lady Slim greeting Princess Alexandra as she arrives on tarmac. GS gathered press on tarmac taking photographs. GS Prime Minister Menzies and Dame Pattie Menzies greet the Princess. WS crowd gathered around Princess on tarmac with plane behind. High angle and MS of Princess having informal chat with Red Cross girls in crowd.
Access No. 133524 | 34 secs | 1950s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Princess Alexandra of Kent arriving at night to Royal Ball at Parliament House, Canberra being greeted by Prime Minister and Dame Pattie Menzies. High shot over Menzies presenting Princess with gift watched by crowd and press photographers at front of crowd. MS Dame Pattie affixing gift of brooch to Princess' gown.
Access No. 133525 | 40 secs | 1950s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle shot over crowds on dance floor at reception for Princess Alexandra of Kent at Royal Ball, Parliament House. Closer shot over Princess dancing with minister Mr Gordon Freeth. MS young couples watching dancers. MS Princess dancing with minister Mr Douglas Anthony in crowd.
Access No. 133526 | 32 secs | 1950s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Brisbane at night with neon lights and signs lighting city streets. WS river pageant with the Royal yacht along the Brisbane River watched by crowds gathered on shore. Track following Princess Alexandra waving from yacht. VS of yacht's progress with spectator crafts close by and high angle shot of Naval salute given from naval ship. High WS of yacht under Storey Bridge.
Access No. 133527 | 1 min 14 secs | 1950s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS main ring at the Royal National Centenary Show at Brisbane's Exhibition Grounds with parades of rural animals. WS crowds in stands with CUs man wearing akubra hat and various hats worn by children. MS Princess Alexandra watching from stands seated next to official. VS adults and children parading cattle, goats and horses past camera.
Access No. 133531 | 41 secs | 1950s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS showjumping events in main ring at the Royal National Centenary Show at Brisbane's Exhibition Grounds with MS Princess Alexandra watching and clapping from stands. VS jockeys on horses preparing for start of Queens Cup at Eagle Farm Races. MS Princess Alexandra seated between two other women talking animatedly. CU to Lady-in-Waiting Lady Moyra Hamilton. High shot over horses through start gates and running race.
Access No. 133532 | 57 secs | 1950s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Princess Alexandra meeting jockeys after Queens Cup race and reluctantly patting horse. WS crowd assembled at lookout on Mount Cootha. MS Princess Alexandra joining crowd with escort and chatting to people. MS Princess surveying city from lookout with WS of view below. Princess meeting young Red Cross girls assembled in lines which she walks between.
Access No. 133533 | 2 mins 39 secs | 1950s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS sheep being herded on dry brown land at Rosebank Sheep Station. Track of drover on horseback past windmill as he herds. VS sheep. WS of barren brown landscape and cloudy sky with sleek black royal car towards and past camera. GS Princess Alexandra being driven in open top royal car through outback country towns lined with well-wishers.
Access No. 133534 | 50 secs | 1950s | Rosebank, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Rodeo in outback country town with bull-dogging display where two men on horseback chase steer attempting to tackle it to the ground. Lady Moyra Hamilton watching with camera ready. Local sitting in truck watching event through binoculars. Man riding bucking bronco. Royal party clapping.
Access No. 133535 | 1 min 16 secs | 1950s | Rosebank, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS royal car past sugar cane plantations past canecutters standing outside corrugated iron shed waving to car. High aerial track over mines of Mount Isa . GS royal car arriving at mine and Princess Alexandra being escorted around mine by manager and greeted by workers. VS furnace and MS Princess taking informally to workers. VS smiling faces. GS Princess waving as she departs in royal car.
Access No. 133536 | 1 min 26 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Lindeman Island and pan from villa to swimming pool. WS catamaran on beach with sea in background. Woman aquaplaning POV speedboat. GS on coral reef with CU to large examples of shells held to camera. VS crowds gathered in dull rainy weather to welcome Princess Alexandra to Sydney. WS people under umbrellas assembled on balcony of Sydney Town Hall.
Access No. 133537 | 48 secs | 1950s | NSW, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS parade down George Street with crowds lining the streets as Princess Alexandra passes by in open royal car. MS people waving and VS ticker-tape falling. WS guard on horseback and cavalcade of cars following royal car. MS crowds of schoolchildren in colourful outfits wildly waving to camera at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Access No. 133566 | 38 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Princess Alexandra watching a spectacle by 30,000 schoolchildren. VS schoolchildren in uniform sitting in rows waving crepe posies. High angle shot over display. GS Princess waving from royal car as she passes children. Zoom out from woman doing high jump in Olympic tracksuit at National Fitness Camp, Narrabeen Lakes for Princess. VS Princess walking amongst athletes as they train.
Access No. 133567 | 54 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Princess Alexandra watching a woman long jumping then two women measuring jump at Narrabeen Lakes Fitness camp. MS Princess meeting Betty Cuthbert then John and Ilsa Konrads. Track of Ilsa Konrads in freestyle swimming race. GS Princess seated watching water events at camp.
Access No. 133568 | 56 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS footballers running through blue and white Carlton football banner and balloons. MS enthusiastic barrackers. High angle shot over Carlton and Essenden team members lined up to meet Princess Alexandra. MS hand shaking. High shots over crowds in stands and over game. VS of play and MS Princess sitting between Prime Minister Menzies and the President of the Victorian Football League (VFL).
Access No. 133571 | 56 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Princess Alexandra and entourage visiting Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary near Melbourne looking at emus and emu chicks, feeding joey and CU kangaroo and joey in pouch. GS Princess being shown koala and CU koala on branch scratching.
Access No. 133572 | 34 secs | 1950s | Healesville, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU pan across hard hats and boots arranged ready for use and VS Princess Alexandra donning gear and joining workers for tour of Snowy Mountains Construction Scheme. VS of the Princess being transported into tunnel and walking across dam at Tumut Pond stopping to shake hand of worker. Track following Princess in launch on Lake Eucumbene storage dam.
Access No. 133573 | 1 min 2 secs | 1950s | Tantangara, N, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Princess Alexandra boarding Qantas plane and zoom to her waving before entering doorway. MS Prime Minister and dignitaries waving as the plane departs.
Access No. 133574 | 41 secs | 1950s | Tantangara, N, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |