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The 1954 Royal Tour

On 3 February 1954 the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II stepped ashore in Sydney, becoming the first reigning monarch to visit Australia. Australians turned out in their millions to catch a glimpse of the young Queen.

She visited Australia for two months, keeping up a gruelling schedule and it is estimated that almost three-quarters of the Australian population saw the Queen at least once during the visit. From 9 - 18th March she visited Queensland and travelled to Brisbane, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton.

This set of photographs has been curated by Margaret Warren, Coordinator Discovery Services at the State Library of Queensland in celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Church decorations in Vulture Street, South Brisbane for the royal visit in 1954
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View along Adelaide Street with the buildings decorated for the Royal Visit, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: View along Adelaide Street from George Street with the buildings decorated for the Royal Visit, 1954. Bunting and flags contribute to the ex... more

Sir Walter Jackson Cooper and Queen Elizabeth II

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Sir Walter Jackson Cooper and Queen Elizabeth II, March 1954..View this image at the State LIbrary of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv... more

People gathed at a social event in connection with the royal visit

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: People gathed at a social event in connection with the royal visit, Brisbane, March, 1954...View this image at the State LIbrary of Queensla... more

Prince Philip meets the people during the Royal tour

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Queensland, Australia. .Description: Prince Philip meets the people during his tour in 1954..View ths image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/90745... more

Brisbane's Story Bridge decorated with lights, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Story Bridge lighting has ER in red lights and was decorated for the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II. ..Information about State Library of... more

Church decorations in Vulture Street, South Brisbane for the royal visit in 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: South Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Church decorations in Vulture Street, South Brisbane for the royal visit in 1954. The Queen's official title in Australia is Elizabeth... more

Queensland's Governor says good-bye to Queen Elizabeth II

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Eagle Farm, Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Sir John Lavarack, Governor of Queensland, says good-bye to The Queen on Thursday 18 March 1954, and escorts her to the Royal Ae... more

National Bank, Oakey, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Oakey, Queensland. .Description: View of the Oakey branch of the National Bank of Australasia, decorated in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Australian tour. ..Information about ... more

Rockhampton prepares for the arrival of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Rockhampton, Queensland. .Description: Rockhampton prepares for the arrival of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, March 1954. Rockhampton residents prepare for the royal visit by... more

Brisbane City Hall lit by floodlights

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Brisbane City Hall lit by floodlights for the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II in March 1954...Information about State Library of Queenslan... more

Scene at Mackay Showgrounds during Queen Elizabeth's Royal Visit

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Mackay, Queensland. .Description: Scene at Mackay Showgrounds during Queen Elizabeth's Royal Visit, 15 March 1954. A small boy wearing a costume stands with a Shetland pony. ..... more

Queen Elizabeth II waves to well-wishers

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Queen Elizabeth II waves to well-wishers as she boards an aeroplane during her visit in March 1954. Prince Philip is standing behind his wif... more

Part of Brisbane's decorations for Queen Elizabeth II

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Part of Brisbane's decorations for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's tour in 1954. Workmen are putting finishing touches to the display ... more

Decorations for the Royal Visit in 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Construction of an archway as part of the street decorations for the Royal Visit in 1954..Information about State Library of Queensland’s co... more

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh travel along Queen Street, Brisbane, on the last day of their Queensland tour in 1954

Creator: Unidentified ..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh travel along Queen Street, Brisbane, on the last day of their Queensland tour, 17 March 1954. ... more

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip boarding the Royal Aeroplane

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Eagle Farm, Brisbane, Queensland; . .Description: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip boarding the Royal Aeroplane after their Queensland visit, 18 March 1954...View this ima... more

Flag waving children wait for the Queen

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Flag-waving schoolchildren line the route that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip travelled, Brisbane, March 1954...Information about Stat... more

Queen Elizabeth II and her Lady-in-Waiting arrive at a Women's Reception at Brisbane City Hall, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Queen Elizabeth II and her Lady-in-Waiting arrive at a Women's Reception at Brisbane City Hall, 17 March 1954. Mrs Nell Gair, wife of the Pr... more

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip en route to Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: The Queen and Prince Philip waved to Brisbane crowds on the way to Eagle Farm Airport where they were due to leave for Townsville on Friday ... more

Queen Street, Brisbane, with decorations for the royal visit in 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Scene in Queen Street, between George and Albert Streets...Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection: pictureqld.slq.qld.go... more

Brisbane residents decorate a cottage in preparation for the Royal Visit, March 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Brisbane residents decorate a cottage in preparation for the Royal Visit, March 1954. This home in Fernberg Road, Paddington, was on the rou... more

Finney's Building in Queen Street, Brisbane

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Finney's Building in Queen Street, Brisbane decorated to welcome Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. An image of Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in mili... more

Waiting to see Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to Brisbane in 1954

Creator: Unidentified ..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Waiting to see Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to Brisbane in March 1954. A young man is perched on top of the str... more

St. Stephens Cathedral, Brisbane, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Decorating St. Stephens Cathedral for the Royal Visit, Brisbane, 1954...Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection: pictureq... more

Decorated main street of Bundaberg for the Royal visit

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Bundaberg, Queensland. .Description: Decorated main street of Bundaberg for the Royal visit 11 March, 1954...View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/... more

Brisbane prepares for the arrival of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, March 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Brisbane prepares for the arrival of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, 9 March 1954. Two hundred and fifty running feet of wire mesh was used... more

Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House, Brisbane during her visit in March 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House, Brisbane during her visit in March 1954. Prince Philip, in the white uniform stands on the right, an... more

Queen Elizabeth II with the Queensland Premier

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: The Queen with the Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Vincent Clair Gair, at a Parliamentary Reception in Brisbane in March 1954. ..View this i... more

Workmen decorate their building

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Workmen decorate their work building with colourful flags, ready for the Royal Visit in 1954 ..Information about State Library of Queensland’... more

Crowds gather to see Queen Elizabeth II near St. John's Cathedral, Brisbane in 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland . .Description: Crowds gather to see Queen Elizabeth II near St. John's Cathedral, Brisbane in March 1954. Religious leaders gather with The Queen on a dais... more

Queen Elizabeth II giving a racehorse a fond pat, Brisbane, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: The Queen gives Aunty Tot a congratulatory pat after her race at a Brisbane racetrack. ..View this image at the State LIbrary of Queensland:... more

Flowers for the Queen

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Sir Walter Cooper and Queen Elizabeth II presented with flowers by a ward of Legacy during her visit to Brisbane, 1954...View this image at ... more

Queen Elizabeth visiting Cairns on the Royal tour

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Cairns, Queensland. .Description: Queen Elizabeth visiting Cairns, Queensland, March 1954...View this image at the State LIbrary of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/65483... more

Procession for Queen Elizabeth II on George Street, Brisbane

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Procession for Queen Elizabeth II on George Street, Brisbane, 9 March 1954. View looking east from the corner of Herschell Street...View thi... more

Early spectators awaiting the arrival of the Queen

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Bundaberg, Queensland . .Description: Early spectators awaiting the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Hinkler Airport, Bundaberg, 11 March 1954...Info... more

Queen Elizabeth II and the Premier of Queensland at a State Parliamentary Luncheon

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: The Queen talks with Premier of Queensland, the Hon. V. C. Gair at the State Parliamentary Luncheon at Parliament House, Wednesday, 10 March... more

Official welcome to the Queen in Bundaberg

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Bundaberg, Queensland. .Description: Official welcome to the Queen to Bundaberg by the Mayor and his daughter, 11 March 1954...View this image at the State Library of Queenslan... more

Presenting flowers to The Queen outside Brisbane City Hall

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Presenting flowers to The Queen outside Brisbane City Hall in March 1954. A young girls curtsies as she presents a bouquet to Queen Elizabet... more

Queen Elizabeth II addressing the crowds in Mackay

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Mackay, Queensland. .Description: The Queen speaking at the Mackay Showgrounds on her visit in March 1954. ..View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/... more

United Service Club, Brisbane, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: . .Description: External view of the United Service Club premises on Wickham Terrace decorated for the royal visit, Brisbane, 1954 ..Information about State Library of Queensla... more

Brisbane prepares for the Royal Visit

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Buranda, Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: A big portrait of The Queen stands under a canopy on Hancock and Gore's building in Ipswich Road, Buranda. (Description supplied wit... more

Cane growers and graziers welcome Queen Elizabeth II in South Brisbane

Creator: Unidentified..Location: South Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Cane growers and graziers welcome Queen Elizabeth II in South Brisbane, 1954. A banner decorated with beef cattle and sheep is suspend... more

Victoria Bridge 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland . .Description: Victoria Bridge and Brisbane CBD buildings lit up for the Royal Visit in 1954 ..Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection... more

Illuminations in Queen Street, Brisbane, ready for the royal visit in 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: This highly decorated block of Queen Street is between Edward and Creek Streets. ..Information about State Library of Queensland’s collectio... more

Crowds line the streets to see Queen Elizabeth II

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Crowds line the streets to see Queen Elizabeth II after her arrival in Brisbane in March 1954..Information about State Library of Queensland... more

At the tumultuous Civic Welcome at the Exhibition Grounds, Brisbane

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland . .Description: At the tumultuous Civic Welcome at the Exhibition Grounds, Brisbane, 9 March 1954. Brisbane's Lord Mayor (Ald. F. Roberts) presents to The Q... more

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive at Oakey Airport, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Oakey, Queensland. .Description: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, arrive at Oakey Airport, 11 March 1954. The Royal Standard can be seen flying from... more

Preparing Brisbane City Hall for the royal visit in 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Workmen using a fire truck ladder to erect the decorations around the City Hall entrance prior the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Brisbane. ... more

Lady Cooper is presented to Queen Elizabeth

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Greenslopes, Queensland. .Description: Sir Walter Jackson Cooper, Lady Cooper and Queen Elizabeth II at the Greenslopes Hospital, Brisbane during the Royal Visit to Australia, ... more

Brisbane street decorated in readiness for the Queen's visit, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Brisbane street decorated in readiness for the Queen's visit, 1954. Side of the Castlemaine Perkins building in the centre. Photograph taken ... more

View of the T & G Building in Brisbane, 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: The T & G Building was erected in 1923/4 at the corner of Queen and Albert Streets and demolished in 1968. The building is decorated for... more

Queen Elizabeth II passes through the streets of Brisbane

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Queen Elizabeth II passes through the streets of Brisbane, March 1954...View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/1... more

Greeting Prince Philip during the royal visit in 1954

Creator: Unidentified..Location: Brisbane, Queensland. .Description: Greeting Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during the royal visit in 1954..View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.ne... more