A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When Betty, Phil & Anne Visited Coffs Harbour

A few months ago I blogged about the Windsor's visit to Lismore in 1954. I was reminded of another Royal Visit to the North Coast when I recently called into the Hannafords Banana Store and saw a picture commemorating this almost forgotten sojourn.
The Windsors where in Australia to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Captain Cook's landing and sailed to Coffs Harbour on the Britannia, landing on April 11th 1970.

They were then ferried by the FP7 Pay Bus ( a converted bus that ran on the rails and was used to pay wages to isolated stations and rail maintenance gangs - this is the exact bus but i'm sure it look deal better then!) to the Coffs Harbour Railway Station. At some stage they traveled to Sealy's Lookout at Bruxner Park where as the photo shows, Betty inspected the best bananas that were grown in Coffs district. The Royals were also treated to a Surf Carnival at Park Beach.
During my research I found a blog post by Donna Webeck about her dad meeting the Queen with his arm in a sling due to an accident with a cane knife, it is a delightful piece, click here to read it.


  1. Great story about young Des meeting The Royals!
    April, should have been a nice time to visit, not too hot.

  2. Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Betty? Are you and Betty good friends? It is neat that the bus is still around, I am sure it looked a lot newer. Lovely post about the Queens visit.

  4. Wonderfully historical post and photos ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  5. Love the irreverence you show to the Windsors ;-)


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