• Short Summary

    Avalon Airfield, near Geelong, open to the public for the first time ... The ground-to-air?

  • Description

    Avalon Airfield, near Geelong, open to the public for the first time ... The ground-to-air Bloodhound, the first defence missile for Australia. It was the largest array of guided weapons in Victoria. The Seaslug, a new weapon for the Australian Navy. Newly-developed rockets and missiles like the Thunderbird, on show at this special air pageant Thirty-three miles from Melbourne, Avalon is normally prohibited to the public, but this open day raised funds for a Geelong Aged People' Home. Missile-age equipment on display, a Sabre fighter armed with the sidewinder.

    For three hours, an exhibition of daring acrobatics was given by the City of Melbourne Squadron. More than ten-thousand people attended the pageant.

    The Squadron also used the Winjeel training aircraft to thrill the crowd.

    Demonstrations of formation - Flying crop-dusting were among the other highlights at the display. From the Avalon Open Day Pageant, our Newsreel cameras move to a sharp contrast in transport -- a procession through the streets of Melbourne of man-powered transport. Cyclist Ernie Old joined the parade.

    The Legacy Club benefited from the procession. A three-wheeled tandem led the fourteen vehicles. Bicycles and tandems predominated.

    The most modern transport device in the procession -- a pogo stick ridden by Marcus Tarrant. Hardly suitable for long-distance travel, but wit plenty of energy, able to keep with the procession. The oddly assorted travellers made their way through the heart of the city.

    From the streets of Melbourne and a strange procession, newsreel moves to the Dandenong Ranges and a farm at Monbulk ... where Rotarians held a barbecue for Asian students. It was a day of good fellowship and food, and there was more than enough to satisfy appetites whetted by the fresh country air.

    Sizzling steaks, and fine-cooked sausages were the main items on the outdoor menu, but there wasn't much time for relaxation after enjoying the pleasures of rare, medium, and overdone steaks. A basketball made its appearance and there was a scramble for possession between young Asians and their Australian fiends. The students are from Singapore,, Malaya and Fiji.

    There were races too, for the younger fry, the children of the hosts who're members of the Belgrave Rotary Club. Asian girl students enjoyed the fun too.

    It was a fast finish in the sack race final, and for the youngsters, Father Christmas made a timely appearance and handed out presents.

    Santa didn't forget the overseas students, and soon they were busy opening their unexpected gifts ... from a Rotary Club at Belgrave in the Dandenongs, the hand of friendship and goodwill to Asian students in Melbourne.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABBDN20BNIBO7XLI5RN7IK5L7M
    Media URN:
    VLVABBDN20BNIBO7XLI5RN7IK5L7M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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