• Short Summary

    QUEEN ELIZABETH INAUGURATED YESTERDAY, (MONDAY), THE WORLD'S BIGGEST TELEPHONE CABLE PROJECT - THE 16,000 MILE (25,750 KM) CABLE LINKING BRITAIN AND EUROPE WITH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

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    1.
    GV INT. POST OFFICE BUILDING (LONDON) CROWDED HALL
    0.05

    2.
    SV MINISTERS
    0.09

    3.
    CU PRIME MINISTER, SIR ALEC DOUGLAS HOME
    0.11

    4.
    CU POST MASTER-GENERAL -
    0.15

    5.
    CU MR. DUNCAN SANDYS
    0.17

    6.
    SCU HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA (GEORGE DREW)
    0.21

    7.
    SCU HIGH COMMISSIONER NEW ZEALAND SIR THOMAS MACDONALD)
    0.25

    8.
    SCU HIGH COMMISSIONER AUSTRALIA (SIR ERIC HARRISON)
    0.29

    9.
    GV START OF QUEEN'S RECORDED SPEECH
    1.10

    10.
    TV OFFICIALS APPLAUD (SILENT)
    1.12

    11.
    CU PRIME MINISTER
    1.56

    12.
    CU SIR ALEC LIFTS TELEPHONE RECEIVER (SILENT)
    2.01

    13.
    SCU SIR ALEC TALKS TO MENZIES
    2.35

    14.
    LV PRIME MINISTER AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS LISTEN TO MR. MENZIES
    2.48

    15.
    SV MENZIES SOF
    3.06


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 9): QUEEN: "THIS PACIFIC" CABLE IS MORE THAN A COMMUNICATION LINK - IT IS A PRACTICAL EXPRESSION OF THE FAITH OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN ITS OWN FUTURE. IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHIN OUR FAMILY OF NATIONS, WHEN WE ENTER INTO A COMMON VENTURE AS PARTNERS, AND APPLY TO IT ALL THE SKILL AND RESOURCES AT OUR DISPOSAL. AND LASTLY, I SEND MY VERY BEST WISHES TO ALL WHO ARE LISTENING. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO DECLARE THE PACIFIC CABLE OPEN.



    (SEQ. 11): PRIME MINISTER: "FOR A COMMONWEALTH, IT IS SAID THAT, OVER AND AROUND THE WORLD, GOOD COMMUNICATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL. THIS CABLE WILL PROVIDE CERTAINTY AND CLARITY OF SPEECH OVER A LONGER DISTANCE THAN EVER BEFORE. LET US ALL TURN IT TO GOOD ACCOUNT. I AM SENDING GREETINGS AND GOOD WISHES FROM ALL OF US HERE IN LONDON, TO YOU IN THE CHATEAU LAURIER IN OTTAWA, AND IN THE TOWN HALLS IN WELLINGTON AND SYDNEY. YOU HAVE OUR VERY GOOD WISHES FROM THIS CEREMONY IN LONDON."



    (SEQ. 13): SIR ALEC: "HALLO ... HOW ARE YOU?"



    SIR ROBERT MENZIES: "HALLO ... HOW ARE YOU ALEC?"



    SIR ALEC: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING ....?"



    (SEQ. 14): SIR ROBERT MENZIES: "I'M SITTING IN THE TOWN HALL IN SYDNEY, BLINDED WITH LIGHT LOOKING AT THE MOST DUBIOUS COLLECTION OF PEOPLE IN THE HALL .... YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN .. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ON RECORD, WHEN ONE THISTLE (KNIGHT OF THE THISTLE) HAS SPOKEN TO ANOTHER. (LAUGHTER) ANYHOW, ARE YOU FEELING ALL RIGHT ALEC?.. THAT'S GOOD .... GOOD OLD KINROSS UP IN MY PART OF THE COUNTRY .... GOODBYE ALEC"



    (SEQ. 15): SIR ALEC: "GOOD LUCK - THANKS VERY MUCH"




    Initials JM/V/AW/PC


    EDITORS: PLEASE SEE PROD NO. 9399/63 26TH NOVEMBER 1963 "COMPAC - WORLD'S LONGEST TELEPHONE CABLE LINKS CANADA AND NEW ZEALAND."

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: QUEEN ELIZABETH INAUGURATED YESTERDAY, (MONDAY), THE WORLD'S BIGGEST TELEPHONE CABLE PROJECT - THE 16,000 MILE (25,750 KM) CABLE LINKING BRITAIN AND EUROPE WITH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

    THE 9,400 MILE (15,130 KM) LINK ACROSS THE PACIFIC, IS PROVIDED BY THE FIRST CABLE TO SPAN THAT GREAT OCEAN. THE CABLE BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CANADA WAS COMPLETED TWO YEARS AGO; SINCE THEN MICRO-WAVE LINKS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED TO CARRY THE MESSAGES ACROSS CANADA.

    IN HER PRE-RECORDED MESSAGE, THE QUEEN SAID: (SOF STATEMENT)
    HER MAJESTY WAS FOLLOWED BY BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, SIR ALEC DOUGLAS HOME: (SOF STATEMENT)
    THEN THE PRIME MINISTERS OF ALL FOUR COUNTRIES - BRITAIN, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND - JOINED IN A CONVERSATION, WHICH AT TIMES, SOUNDED AS THOUGH THEY WERE IN THE SAME ROOM.

    THE CABLE WILL PROVIDE 80 VOICE LINKS, GIVING A RECEPTION AS CLEAR AS ON A LOCAL TELEPHONE CALL. ANY ONE OF THE TELEPHONE LINKS CAN BE REPLACED BY UP TO 22 TELEPRINTER CIRCUITS. THE CABLE WILL ALSO CARRY PICTURES AND TRANSMIT HIGH QUALITY MUSIC TRANSMISSIONS. THE COMPLETION OF THE TRANS-PACIFIC LINK, IS THE LATEST STAGE IN THE ROUND-THE-WORLD CABLE, FIRST PLANNED OVER FIVE YEARS AGO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACW6TDP93798E61YBSUPN95QZ5
    Media URN:
    VLVACW6TDP93798E61YBSUPN95QZ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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