• Short Summary

    Various shots of Montgomery's arrival, visiting the war memorial, speaking at an impromptu press conference: "I like to feel that I am almost an Australian."

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - dates and locations may be unclear or unknown.

    Darwin, Yarralmula, Canberra, Australia

    MS Group stand on tarmac of Darwin RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) airfield, waiting for Montgomery's plane to arrive. MS and CU The Avro York passenger plane carrying Montgomery, Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), touching down and taxiing in. MS and CU Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery (Monty) alighting from plane and being greeted by Major General J F Haydon, Commandant of the Area, and Mr A R Driver, Administrator of the Northern Territory. MS Monty gets into the official car. MS Car drives off. MS High shot, Avro York plane taxiing on runway. LS High shot, crowd of officials and press reporter and photographers gathered round Montgomery's plane. CU Montgomery standing under the plane's wing. (2 shots). MS Monty disembarking from the plane.

    MS Monty with Governor General McKell at Yarralmula. CU Monty laughing and chatting. MS Monty shaking hands with some school children in the grounds. (2 shots).

    LS Monty's official car arriving at Canberra's national Australian War Memorial, he alights. LS Inside the memorial, Monty passes the water garden. (2 shots). CU Monty viewing a reproduction of a 1914-18 battlefield. MS An old plane on display (?).

    MS Monty chatting with Governor General McKell at Yarralmula. MS Different angle, Monty shaking hands with some school children in the grounds.

    MS Monty and the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Chifley, at the microphones. Monty says how impressed he has been with the War Memorial. MS Monty says he is now going on tour and looking forward to visiting Tasmania where he was a boy. CU Monty: "Now I like to feel that I am almost an Australian. I came to your country as a babe in arms and I spent the early years of my life here and it was in your country, your commonwealth, that I was influenced to become a soldier. Whether that was a good or a bad thing I don't know but the influence that formed my own character was given me here in Australia and I feel very proud of that. I don't know whether you think I ought to be an Australian, Primer Minister. Is that alright?" The Prime Minister laughs and mumbles.

    Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 07/07/1947.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:25:00 / 02:02:30:00
    UN 1752 B and UN 1752 C

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