Stratford Historical Society and Museum

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Monday, June 04, 2012

Congratulations to Her Majesty

Back in 1954, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (with Prince Phillip), visited the Shire of Avon. As the RAAF base at East Sale was firmly in our shire. They did not stay long, as they were whisked away to the City of Sale, but we can claim her for the few minutes that she was here. RAAF photographers recorded the moment, and this photograph sat proudly in the shire offices for many years. (00203VSFH)

So we take this opportunity to congratulate her Majesty on her Diamond Jubilee.

The Shire of Traralgon were luckier - after Sale, she boarded the Royal Train and headed off there, where she toured the town, and everyone congregated in set areas, waving flags. This flag, and possibly the one below, were specially created for the occasion. (04765VSFH)

This one, purchased at the same time, seems to be a more "suit all areas" job, you could wave it in Sale, or Traralgon, or at any of the other areas in Gippsland visited. You can see more photographs HERE, in a set from the Public Record Office, or browse all their Royal Visit sets HERE.

In the meantime, the Red cross were out there, ensuring a commercial opportunity to pay homage to Her Majesty was not missed. We think we quite like this one. (05165VSFH). All are from our collection.


Blogger JayBee said...

Oh, how I remember that visit to Sale! I do remember that I stood for a long time with students from Briagolong 1117, having a squashed tomato sandwich and a bottle of passiona for lunch BUT did I see Her Majesty? I can't remember but she did give us a day off school. Aaaaaah 1954

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