FIRST ROYAL VISIT TO ELIZABETH - 1963
55 years ago
|Queen Elizabeth turns on the Windsor Green fountain|
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Elizabeth on February 21st, 1963, 55 years ago, a most momentous occasion in the history of Elizabeth.
The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, first visited General Motors Holdens factory after which they were welcomed to the district by the Chairman of the South Australian Housing Trust, Mr. J.P. Cartledge at Windsor Green. Thousands of official guests including the Chairman of the Salisbury District Council, Mr. J.L. Lindblom and Mrs. Lindblom, waited to greet the Royal guests.
The festive air provided by flags, bunting and decorated shields on lamp posts around Windsor Green was continued down the Royal route along Philip Highway where thousands more lined each side of the roads to see the Queen.
In his welcoming speech Mr. Cartledge expressed “our appreciation of the honour extended to our town by your visit. The town has previously been favoured when, in November 1955, your Majesty graciously approved of it being distinguished by the name of Elizabeth. The name was the finest gift ever bestowed upon a town.”
The Queen as presented with a fine lambswool knee rug mad by Mrs. L.L. Mann. Made from eight of the finest quality Australian lamb skins, it took several months to make.
The Queen in her speech said that she had taken an interest in the progress of Elizabeth ever since the Premier, Sir Thomas Playford, had asked that it be given her name. She then unveiled
Mr. G. Shedley’s fountain sculpture and turned a gold tap to start the flow of water.
|Queen Elizabeth is greeted by Mr Carledge|
The Royal party inspected the dancing figures statue and then were driven to Ridley Road Reserve where all the schoolchildren of the district, 17,000 of them were lined up for her. After the Queen had left Elizabeth, a grand Royal Visit Variety Concert in the evening rounded off the day’s celebrations on Ridley Reserve. Presented by the District Council of Salisbury in association with the Elizabeth Arts Council, admittance was free and those attending were treated to performances by a wide range of well- known performers and including the local groups, the Salisbury & Elizabeth Brass Band, the Vectormen and the Elizabeth Singers.
Dancing until midnight concluded a very successful day.