Tuesday, February 12, 2013

50 years since Elizabeth II visited

Next week we celebrate Her Majesty Queen ELizabeth II visit to Elizabeth. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip first visited Elizabeth on the 21st February 1963.    I have written of this in an earlier post.  http://playfordspast.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/queen-visits-elizabeth-1963.html  Here are some snippets from oral history interviews conducted by the Playford Library.

In an interview with Don Paginton about the Queens visit he says;
The Queen came out here and we didn’t have much notice, it was just a bare paddock out here at that stage.  They worked night and day to produce a place called Windsor Green. Named Windsor green because she is a Windsor, although everybody seems to throw up Tudor roses around the place.

Ted Bowden worked for the Housing Trust at the time of the Queens visit, he recalls;
About three in the morning, I got a radio call to say there was a strange vehicle doing funny things around the area.  I went out and looked, it was a big spray set up, and it was spraying around to force the flies to go down from where this Queen and Duke would be.

They were driving the flies away to the reserve where the school children were going to be.
More images have been loaded onto Flickr.

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