Opening Ceremony photos



Harold Holt

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt and his wife Dame Zara Holt (right) arrive at the station. Note the newsreel camera at left.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


Dish on Opening Day

Honeysuckle antenna on Opening Day. Photo: Bruce Withey.


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Officials walk past the Ops building and up to the antenna.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


PM Holt arriving

Prime Minister Harold Holt’s car moves towards the antenna.

Photo: Danny Twomey.


Duntroon Band

The opening ceremony under the antenna. The Duntroon Military Band in the foreground.

Photo: Hamish Lindsay.


assembled dignitaries

The gathered guests waiting for the ceremony to start – with photographers perched on the granite boulders in the background.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


Opening party

A general view of the opening ceremony under the antenna. The Duntroon Military Band in the foreground.

Photo: Hamish Lindsay.


band

The Duntroon Military Band in the foreground.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


Duntroon band

The Duntroon Military Band in the foreground.

John Saxon is standing at centre.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


offical dias

Deputy NASA administrator Robert Seamans addresses the crowd.

Station Director Bryan Lowe is seated on the left in the second row on the dias.

Notice Hamish Lindsay on the right, in the background.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


Honeysuckle plaque

The original Honeysuckle Creek plaque under guard in its glory day after being unveiled by the Prime Minister.

On the left is Ron Reavley (Ron retired from the Navy in late 1968 before moving into other work. He died in 2007.)

Photo: Hamish Lindsay.


Holt and Seamans at Gemini X

Dr. Robert Seamans, Associate Administrator of NASA (left) and Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt looking at the Gemini spacecraft on display at the opening.

This spacecraft was Gemini X, flown by John Young and Michael Collins in July 1966.

Photo: Danny Twomey.


Gemini 10

The Gemini X spacecraft.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


Gemini X and cherrypicker

Gemini X, with the cherrypicker in the background.

Photo: Bruce Withey.


Kraft and Hunter

(On the left) Christopher Kraft Jr (Assistant Director for Flight Operations – and later Apollo Flight Director) and Willson Hunter (NASA Senior Scientific Representative to Australia) on the cherrypicker.

Edmond Buckley, Associate Administrator of NASA, is partially visible on the left.

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Photo: Australian News & Information Bureau photo.
Scan: Colin Mackellar.