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May 22, 1954: HMAS AUSTRALIA [II]'S last Open Day in Brisbane, at Newstead Wharf - Photo Fred Carew, Courier Mail.

4887. A proud family poses on the foredeck on HMAS AUSTRALIA [II]'S last Open Day in Brisbane. It is two days before the departure shown in the two preceding photographs. The whole visit is marked with nostalgia . AUSTRALIA had been part of the naval escort for the Queen duriung her landmark first Royal Visit to Australia in the preceding months, and she had been visiting Brisbane since the late 1920s. Now her career was all but over, and Brisbane families gathered to mark her impending end.

 

Photo: Fred Carew, Courier Mail, Brisbane [acquisition].

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