Opening - photos by Martin Geasley


 

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1. Waiting for the ceremony to start.

Note the blue cans of Aerogard insect repellent! The Collimation Tower clearing is visible at centre on the ridge.


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1a. Ginette Geasley and Liz Lee chat while waiting for the proceedings to start. (Betty Saxon is facing the camera.)

Note the passive microwave repeater on Dead Man’s Hill – just above the lady in the red dress.


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2. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt arrives in his Bentley. The PM’s Press Secretary, Tony Eggleton, is in the front seat.


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3. Dr. Robert Seamans, Associate Administrator of NASA, waits to welcome the Prime Minister.


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4. Prime Minister Harold Holt and his wife, Dame Zara, walk up the hill towards the antenna.


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5. Introductions. Senator Denham Henty (Minister for Supply) stands behind the Prime Minister, facing the camera.


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5a. Station Director Bryan Lowe (at left) and Dr. Robert Seamans.


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6. The Duntroon Military Band plays.


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7. The band plays as the invited guests wait for proceedings to start.


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9. Prime Minister Harold Holt speaks.


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10. Dr Seamans presents the Prime Minister with a model of the Apollo spacecraft. (Hamish Lindsay is standing at right with his camera.)


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10a. The crowd is dwarfed by the 85 foot antenna.


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15. Christopher Kraft Jr, Assistant Director for Flight Operations – and later Apollo Flight Director (facing camera) and Willson Hunter, NASA Senior Scientific Representative to Australia (back to camera) on the cherrypicker.


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16. John Saxon films the ride in the cherrypicker with his Super 8 movie camera. Ginette Geasley is in the middle and Betty Saxon at left.


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17. Up they go!


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18. There they are, in the cherrypicker at full extension.
Safety regulations probably wouldn’t permit this today!


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19. Marquees erected for the luncheon.


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20. Ginette Geasley.


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21. The Lees (left) chat with the Westbrooks.
The Gemini X capsule is in the background.


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22. John and Betty Saxon.


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23. The Gemini X capsule on display.


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24. The Honeysuckle Antenna at stow.

 

Slides by Martin Geasley, photo restoration by Colin Mackellar.