The Queen in Australia

Australia, 1954


The Queen in Australia is a landmark in Australian history. It not only records the first visit by a reigning monarch to Australia, it was also the first colour, feature-length documentary made in this country. This historic program provides nationwide coverage of the 1954 Royal Tour by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh - a two-month journey that took in every facet of Australian life: garden parties at Government House, dancers at the Tivoli, racing at Randwick, tennis at Kooyong with Rosewall and Hoad, cricket with the Don, even a meeting with Papua New Guinean tribal chiefs. The young royals visited every state in the nation, and the result is a remarkable and revealing insight into our nation in the 1950s.

Last on display

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Stanley Hawes

production company

Australian National Film Board







ACMI Identifier


Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Monarchy

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Visits of state

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

History → Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-

History → Monarchy

History → Visits of state

People → Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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