Her Majesty The Queen visited Newcastle on four occasions in 1954, 1970, 1977 and 1988.
We thank the staff and volunteers of the Auchmuty Library Special Collections GLAMx Lab who digitised the extensive NBN footage of the Queen’s 1970 visit to the State Dockyard and news broadcasts of the 1988 visit; and to the volunteers of the Newcastle & Hunter District Historical Society who safeguarded the Newcastle Morning Herald and related newspapers, special editions of the Queen’s visits, which we have digitised a selection for you to view below.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 1954 Royal Visit
Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to BHP Newcastle Steelworks, 1954.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, NSW Central Coast area, 
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to Newcastle in February 1954. The tour included a river cruise and stop over at the seaside suburb of Stockton, NSW.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 1970 Royal Visit
This footage was created by NBN Television during the Royal party’s visit to Newcastle in 1970. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, and Princess Anne came to Newcastle’s dockyard, where the Queen named a ship the ‘Darwin Trader’. They also attended a large ceremony at the International Sports Center where the Queen opened the center for the first time since construction began in 1967. This is now known as McDonald Jones Stadium.
00:00 – 24:07 Royal Party visit the Dockyards
24:08 – 49:00 Royal Party visit International Sports Center
Produced by NBN Channel 3, Australia Courtesy – NBN Television Archive, University of Newcastle (Australia). Digitised at the GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab, UON Library.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 1977 Royal Visit
Opened Newcastle regional Art Gallery, Laman Street, Newcastle
Her Majesty The Queen’s 1988 Royal Visit
4 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth II – Visits to Newcastle in the Hunter Region”
I was a boy of 13 and part of the crowd who saw her in the 1970 visit to Newcastle.
Hey Pete! Good to know you enjoyed the 1970 the Royal Visit. . The North kids were on the front page of the NMH&MA back in 1954 on the next in Mayfield. Rills