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The Duke in Australia


Series Name
British Movietone News


Issue No.
Date Released
29 Nov 1956
Date submitted
27 Nov 1956
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Flight Across the Border
  2. 2The Duke in Australia
  3. 3Hava a Banana
  4. 4Wrestler in Wonderland
  5. 5Report from Port Said


Story No. within this Issue
2 / 5
MOVIETONE CARD TITLE: The Duke’s Arrival in Melbourne. DESCRIPTION: Arriving at Canberra, His Royal Highness was welcomed by the Governor General, Sir William Slim and Lady Slim. Then Premier Menzies and Dame Pattie were presented. The Duke wore the uniform of an Air Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force. On his way to New Guinea, His Royal Highness called at Mannus Island, a remote naval base just south of the Equator. Near Darwin in Northern Australia, is the open-cut Uranium mine at Rum Jungle. Then across the outback to the town Alice Springs, headquarters of the Flying Doctor Service. The Duke saw how they answer distress calls from remote homesteads. One such isolated station is Brunette Downs which the Duke also visited. SHOTLIST: Canberra - Duke alights from the plane and is greeted by Sir William Slim and Lady Slim and then Premier Menzies and Dame Pattie. Duke walks past men of the Royal Australian Air Force. Slip pan to Mannus Island. Various shots of a mock sea battle performed by local warriors. MCU Duke watching. Slip pan to Darwin. TPS over Uranium Mine at Rum Jungle. Cars arriving. TPS ore being loaded onto a lorry. Slip pan to Alice Springs. TPS over Alice Springs. Exterior shot of the Flying Doctor Service. CU insignia. Interior of Duke watching man talking on the radio. Slip pan to Brunette Downs. Duke watching man round up his herd.
Royalty; Health and medicine
Footage sources
Card file number
Geoffrey Sumner
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