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 1954. After selecting from a menu which consisted of tropical fruit, Queensland ham and iced asparagus, The Queen was presented with a collection of twenty pieces of Barrier Reef coral. (Description supplied with photograph.) ..View this image at the State Library of Queensland: /10462/deriv/99441 ( .../10462/deriv/99441 ) .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.