The Queen Returns 1963
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013


To mark the impending 2011 visit to Australia of Queen Elizabeth II one of the many Royal Tour films from the Film Australia Collection. The Queen Returns. Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1963. In February 1963, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh returned to Australia for the Jubilee Year of Canberra. The film follows them on their 9,000 mile tour and shows the beauty and variety of the Australian scene, and thriving development ranging from hydroelectric schemes to universities. The Queen's Australian tour in early 1963 provides the medium for three neatly blended films illustrating the tour itself, a history of Canberra and an introduction to Australia and its people at work and play. The main features of the tour are depicted in some detail, while in the section dealing with the history of Canberra the highlights in the development of this city are portrayed in film flashbacks. The final sections show Australians at work. Produced by Stanley Hawes and Frank Bagnall.
More from the NFSA online collection The Queen in 1954.