Lloyd Bott – Carnarvon

With Astronaut Alan Shepard at the Carnarvon Tropical Festival in 1968

Alan Shepard

Deputy Secretary to the Department of Supply, Lloyd Bott, and the Department of Supply’s Jim Mills, speak with Alan Shepard at the Tropical Festival Show Grounds in September 1968.

Paul Dench contributes:

“The photo was taken at the Carnarvon Tropical Festival Show Grounds (commonly known as the Pony Club) September 1968 when Alan Shepard was a special guest of Carnarvon and the NASA Tracking Station.

Alan led the Festival parade down Robinson Street in a low-flying white open-topped sports car then wandered around the show ground and spent a long time on the old Gemini consoles set up at the show ground talking with youngsters on the intercom. He spent the next morning at CRO talking to staff and leaving hand-prints in wet cement before he flew back home.

Jim Mills was associated with CRO as the Department of Supply man on the spot being Western Australia’s State Controller of DoS responsible for everyday negotiations on building matters both Station and staff housing, cost control, and liaison with the Shire Council and the State Government.

The band was the Western Command Band.”

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Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard gets into the sports car for the parade down Robinson Street.

L-R: Jim Mills, Alan Shepard, Willson Hunter (?) and Lloyd Bott.

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Alan Shepard

Lloyd Bott speaks with Alan Shepard.

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Scans by Ken Sheridan, image restoration Colin Mackellar.