Exhibition - 'A Wonderful Welcome: the 1954 Royal Tour of NSW'
Written by ACM   
Friday, 21 February 2014

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first visit by a reigning monarch to Australia - Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. For the Parliament, the monarch addressed the assembled Members in the Legislative Council during this visit on 4 February 1954.

To commemorate this significant milestone in our State's history, the Parliament of NSW and State Records of NSW proudly present the exhibition 'A Wonderful Welcome: the 1954 Royal Tour of NSW'. Come behind the scenes of the first event of this scale ever organised in Australia, to get a sense of the meticulous preparations required to welcome the Queen.


The 1954 Royal Tour remains a cherished memory, brought to life again through the historic records and photographs on display, including sound and visual recordings of the visit. On loan from Sydney Living Museums, is a Louis XV-style chaise lounge which was purchased for the Royal visit.

Entry is free. Parliament House is open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).