A few Prince Philip items, and some other recent concerns

Lovely picture from a Fairfax photojournalist of the Duke of Edinburgh in Wollongong during the 1970 Royal Tour — Captain Cook related. I well remember this tour as I was teaching at Dapto High at the time an the Royal Family passed through Dapto on their way to the airport at Albion Park. Our kids lined the old Princes Highway and we were up there supervising them. I even suffered terminal embarrassment when just a few minutes ahead of the royal party I found myself driving my little Mazda 1200 up the highway while sisters Dale Thomas and Lynn Buchan, colleagues now better known by the name Spender, waved royally to the crowd!

The full set of photos is here.

Attribution: George Lipman/Fairfax Media

And in 1963, when Prime Minister Robert Menzies was more than a little creepy with his “I did but see her passing by/And I shall love her till I die” quote. The video is also a marvellous example of the Great Australian Silence that was so loud in those days!

Now I have devoted quite a few posts to the subject ignored in that presentation of 1963 Australia, and have been reading much about it too as this blog has testified. I now offer you a 2009 lecture by leading historian Grace Karskens, author of those splendid works The Colony and People of the River.

My recent post on race and racism made reference to the US series Race: The Power of an Illusion, but I then could only share trailers and transcripts. Here at last is a complete episode. It is of course a must watch.

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