Opening Ceremony photos



New images here and here.

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.


opening ceremony 1

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.

Medium format colour negative by an Australian News and Information Service photographer, preserved by Hamish Lindsay.

Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-33. / LE61792.
Scanned by Colin Mackellar, March 2021.


Duntroon Band

Here is an enlargement of the crowd in the above photo.

Hamish Lindsay is standing at left (white shirt). Several Honeysuckle Creek staff members and their wives are seated in the back row, while others are standing on the right hand side.

Medium format colour negative preserved by Hamish Lindsay.
Scanned by Colin Mackellar.


Duntroon Band

The opening ceremony under the antenna.
The crowd listens as Prime Minister Harold Holt speaks. The Duntroon Military Band in the foreground.

Medium format colour negative by an Australian News and Information Service photographer, preserved by Hamish Lindsay.

Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-37. / LE61796.
Scanned by Colin Mackellar, March 2021.


Duntroon Band

Here is an enlargement of the crowd in the above photo.

Hamish Lindsay is standing at left (white shirt). Several Honeysuckle Creek staff members and their wives are seated in the back row, while others are standing on the right hand side.

Medium format colour negative preserved by Hamish Lindsay.
Scanned by Colin Mackellar.


from the cherrypicker

Prime Minister Harold Holt holds a model of the Apollo spacercraft presented to him by Dr. Robert Seamans, NASA Deputy Administrator.

Medium format colour negative by an Australian News and Information Service photographer, preserved by Hamish Lindsay.

Large, Larger.

Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-41. / LE61800.
Scanned by Colin Mackellar, March 2021.


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 plays as guests arrive.

Photo: Ron Hicks.


Duntroon band

The Duntroon Military Band plays as guests arrive.

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.


offical dias

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt speak to the crowd.

Photo: Australian News & Information Bureau.
Hamish Lindsay collection.
Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-7.
Scan: Colin Mackellar, March 2018.


offical dias

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt speaks to the crowd.

offical dias

Here is a high resolution scan of just the guests.

NASA’s Chris Kraft, and Ian Homewood, Head of Projects Branch, Department of Supply Head Office, are seated third and fourth in the front row to the right of Ron Reavley, the Naval officer standing next to the plaque. Dr Kraft is taking notes.

Photo: Australian News & Information Bureau.
Hamish Lindsay collection. Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-10.
Scan: Colin Mackellar, March 2018.


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.


station opening

After the ceremony, the official party move from the antenna down towards the Operations Building.

Left to right:

Senator Denham Henty, Minister for Supply.

Harold Holt, Prime Minister.

Dr. Robert Seamans, Associate Administrator of NASA.

Bryan Lowe, Honeysuckle Creek Station Director.

Photo: Australian News & Information Bureau.
Hamish Lindsay collection. Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-13.
Scan: Colin Mackellar, March 2018.


Opening Day

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt at the Servo console watches the dish respond to his movement of the track ball.

L-R: Brian Bell , Prime Minister Holt, Wes Moon, Senator Henty, Dame Zara, Dr. Robert Seamans (looking away).

Photo from Tom Reid’s photo album. Scan by Colin Mackellar.


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.


station opening

Station Director Bryan Lowe and Prime Minister Harold Holt examine Gemini 10.

Photo: Australian News & Information Bureau.
Hamish Lindsay collection. Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-21.
Scan: Colin Mackellar, March 2018.


station opening

Station Director Bryan Lowe and Prime Minister Harold Holt.

Photo: Australian News & Information Bureau.
Hamish Lindsay collection. Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-18.
Scan: Colin Mackellar, March 2018.


Gemini 10

The Gemini X spacecraft.

Photo and scan: 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.

Large, Larger.

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


from the cherrypicker

As the photographer is hoisted aloft in the station’s cherrypicker, he snaps this beautiful image of the scene.

The luncheon appears to be over, the Prime Minister’s car is gone, and several guests are wandering back from the Powerhouse (where the cherrypicker is parked) to the marquees erected for the day..

Medium format colour negative by an Australian News and Information Service photographer, preserved by Hamish Lindsay.

Negative HSK-5/9/6/1-46. / LE61806.
Scanned by Colin Mackellar, March 2021.


from the cherrypicker

The photographer took this photo as the cherrypicker moved to maximum extension.

From the Official photo album of the day’s events.

Scanned by Colin Mackellar.