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 Premier of Queensland, greets The Queen and her Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Pamela Mountbatten, as they arrive at the Brisbane City Hall for a Women's Reception on Wednesday 17 March 1954. More than 2,500 women attended the welcome in the City Hall Auditorium, which was jointly hosted by the Lord Mayor's wife, Mrs Frank Roberts, and Mrs Gair. The Queen, who received 160 floral gifts from the guests, wore a lemon frock and a gold and green wattle hat. (Description supplied with photograph.) ..View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/112231 ( http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/112231 ) .Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection: pictureqld.slq.qld.gov.au/ ( http://pictureqld.slq.qld.gov.au/ )
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.