Sharing the memories

by Heidi Bock on 9 August, 2012

I received a letter and photograph from Barbara Salter of Somerville, Victoria who shared a fascinating story about the young Queen Elizabeth on her first tour to Australia in 1954.

Provided by Barbara Salter, Photo by Michael Maros

I lived in Adelaide (my home city) at the time and saw many of the cars come in to a garage attached to my boss’ office.

They usually had overheated in the Australian hot late summer. Many of the cars were open topped and the number of dinners we ‘turned off’ to dash somewhere to see her arriving was quite exhausting.

The enclosed photo of Her Majesty was taken by my brother-in-law who had entered a photo competition. This photo was taken on her visit to Adelaide University. He won the 1st prize of 70 pounds which was a goldmine to him as a student. So I am sending this to you as I think this was the said ‘Daimler’ or could be.

My father while in England submitted this photo to Her Majesty and she graciously accepted saying it was delightful.




I would love to hear your story about the 1954 Royal Tour. Please post below or send to Sponsorship & Development, National Museum of Australia, GPO Box 1901, Canberra ACT 2601.


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