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Churchill invited to form govt. 1940 Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

On 10 May 1940, King George VI invited Winston Churchill to form a government of the United Kingdom on the resignation of Neville Chamberlain.

At this time German forces were invading Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by air and land and had engaged British forces in France.

Soon Britain and the Commonwealth would be almost alone in fighting Hitler until his attack on the USSR and the entry of the US.

 

Photo: On 10 May 1940, King George VI invited Winston Churchill to form a government of the United Kingdom on the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. At this time  German forces were invading Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by air and land and had engaged British forces in France. Soon Britain and the Commonwealth would be almost alone in fighting Hitler until his attack on the USSR and the entry of the US.
 
Jessica Mauboy meets Crown Princess Mary Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 May 2014

  

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Jessica Mauboy meets Australian born Crown Princess Mary at the Eurovision event in Copenhagen. [Image by SBS]

Jessica Mauboy meets Australian born Crown Princess Mary at the Eurovision event in Copenhagen. To see a video of Ms.Mauboy's performance, click on Read more.  The image above is by SBS.
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Edwardian poster Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 May 2014

 

 

 A bright Edwardian poster. 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: From Edwardian times
 
Her Majesty opens the Federal Parliament 9 May 1988 Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 May 2014
On the 9 May 1988, Queen Elizabeth II opened the new Parliament House on Capitol Hill as planned by Walter Burley Griffin, Canberra. ( Read more to see and hear her superb and moving speech) 
 
On the same day in 1927, her father King George VI had opened the provisional Parliament House and the capital then moved to Canberra. 

Her grandfather later King George V had, on the same day in 1901, opened the first sittings of the new Federal Parliament in Melbourne, the provisional capital.
The Crown has been with us since the foundation of modern Australia.



 

 

 

 

Photo: On the 9 May 1988, Queen Elizabeth II opened the new Parliament House as planned by Walter Burley Griffin on Capitol Hill, Canberra.  On the same day in 1927, her father King George VI had opened the provisional Parliament House and the capital then moved to Canberra.The Crown has been with us since the foundation of modern Australia   [Opening of Parliament House by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 9 May 1988 (1994), by Marcus Beilby (1951)]
[Opening of Parliament House by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 9 May 1988 (1994), by Marcus Beilby (1951)]
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First Federal Parliament opened Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 May 2014
The Crown has been at the centre of this nation's history, as shown in this painting by Tom Roberts, Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), 9 May, 1901.
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Capital moves to Canberra, Parliament House opened Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014

Today is the 87th anniversary of the opening of what is now known as Old Parliament House in Canberra by the Duke of York, later King George VI on 9 May, 1927.

With that, the capital moved from Melbourne to Canberra.

The Sovereign is an integral part of all Australian Parliaments, so it was highly appropriate that the future King perform this function. Today is also the 23rd anniversary of the opening of New Parliament House by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen of Australia and the opening of the first Federal Parliament in 1901 by her grandfather later King George V.



The first Commonwealth Parliament was opened in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901 by the Duke of Cornwall and York, later King George V. The Parliament sat in Melbourne for 26 years using the Parliament House. The Parliament of Victoria met in the Exhibition Building during this period.

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[ The Duke and Duchess of York arrive at Parliament House, Canberra, 9 May 1927, National Archives of Australia A3560, A3058 ]


The Constitution provided that the seat of Government was to be in New South Wales but not within 100 miles of Sydney. TheFederal Capital Territory was established on 1 January 1911. A competition for the design of the new capital was won by the American architect Walter Burley Griffin. 

 The provisional Parliament House was opened on 9 May 1927 by the Duke of York, later King George VI. Parliament met there for 61 years until the new Parliament House was opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II , The Queen of Australia on 9 May 1988, 61 years later to the day. 



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The Curator’s clip description by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers from the National Film and Sound Archive states that the video shows the Duke of York officially opening Parliament House in 1927, which is now Old Parliament House.  

“A statue of King George V is then unveiled in the foyer and the senators leave for the first ever sitting in the Senate Chamber.”

 “This newsreel clip was produced to inform the Australian public of the official opening of Parliament House. Several cameras were used, enabling them to capture the events outside as well as inside the foyer. As it is a silent newsreel, intertitles have been used to explain was we are about to see as well as to link the segments together."

" The negative of this film was flown to Sydney for processing immediately after the ceremony, arriving at Mascot 90 minutes later. It would have been screened in cinemas within the week,” Ms. Taggart-Speers says. 

 

....Burley Griffin, Dame Nellie Melba...

 

 
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