The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh tonight (15.3.63) have been at a barbecue on a cattle station sixty miles from Alice Springs in the centre of Australia.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh tonight (15.3.63) have been at a barbecue on a cattle station sixty miles from Alice Springs in the centre of Australia.The barbecue rounded off a day that had put the Royal couple in close touch with the lives of the people of the outback.The Queen and the Duke travelled the 60 miles from Alice Springs to Hamilton Downs homestead this afternoon along a red dirt road through some of the driest country in Australia.During the afternoon they stood in the dust and hot sun to watch aboriginal stockmen muster cattle.At one point the bellowing mob surged within yards of the Queen.Unperturbed Her Majesty continued to film the scene with her own movie camera.Before going to the station the Queen and the Duke spent a busy morning in Alice Springs where they visited the Royal Flying Doctor Base from where lessons are given by two-way radio to children on homesteads as far as five hundred miles away.
Stockmen and their families had crowded Alice Springs for the Royal visit - many of them travelling hundreds of miles.The Queen and the Duke called in at the base in time to hear part of a lesson going out to a classroom measuring a quarter of a million square miles in area.Patients from the adjoining hospital wheeled out doors to hear Her Majesty speak over the radio network.
The people outside - young and old alike - listened in rapt attention as Her Majesty's voice came through the loud speakers.
Speaking to dozens of remote homesteads throughout the territory the Queen said that having a family herself she understood fully wheat the mantle of safety of the Flying Doctor service meant to the women.In reply messages of good wishes came back - one of them from a property 2 hundred miles away which said "Best wishes to Your Majesty and a big cheerio to his Royal Highness." The Queen was high in her praise of the Royal Flying Doctor Service which now operates from thirteen bases throughout Australia.