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Old video – the Queen in Canberra 1954

By johnboy - 26 July 2009 6

There’s just a little bit of Canberra in this YouTube special (around 2:05). But the footage of the dedication of the American memorial at Russel is something I’ve never seen before.

It’s of particular interest if you’ve ever wondered why a giant eagle with a strange resemblance to bugs bunny looms over our defence establishment.

Also for the war nerds, but not in Canberra, the formation flight of around 16 fleet air arm fighters (Fireflys?) in the shape of a giant “E” is quite something.

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Old video – the Queen in Canberra 1954
Dazzlar 5:47 pm 26 Jul 09

That is cool! I like a “soaring shaft” or two!

Trunking symbols 4:45 pm 26 Jul 09

rosebud said :

Rawhide Kid No 2 said :

rosebud said :

Oh, so it’s a memorial FOR the USA, not FROM the USA! We actually built it, did we? With out own money then, one would presume…

I’d heard the rumors before, but never seen the facts.

Yes and I heard that it flaps it’s wings every day at three-o-clock.

I’d like to see that too! (hee hee hee) Great rumor!

When we moved to Canberra in 1970 my father told us you could take a lift to the top of it and look out through the eyes. Unfortunately he got it mixed up with the Corillon.

rosebud 3:14 pm 26 Jul 09

Rawhide Kid No 2 said :

rosebud said :

Oh, so it’s a memorial FOR the USA, not FROM the USA! We actually built it, did we? With out own money then, one would presume…

I’d heard the rumors before, but never seen the facts.

Yes and I heard that it flaps it’s wings every day at three-o-clock.

I’d like to see that too! (hee hee hee) Great rumor!

Rawhide Kid No 2 1:57 pm 26 Jul 09

rosebud said :

Oh, so it’s a memorial FOR the USA, not FROM the USA! We actually built it, did we? With out own money then, one would presume…

I’d heard the rumors before, but never seen the facts.

Yes and I heard that it flaps it’s wings every day at three-o-clock.

Trunking symbols 1:22 pm 26 Jul 09

This doco was shown in full by the ABC on Australia Day 1990. It includes some wonderful shots of the area in front of Old Parliament House pre LBG.

rosebud 1:22 pm 26 Jul 09

Oh, so it’s a memorial FOR the USA, not FROM the USA! We actually built it, did we? With out own money then, one would presume…

I’d heard the rumors before, but never seen the facts.

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