• Short Summary

    Australian Prime minister speaks having been given the freedom of London

  • Description

    Guildhall, London

    (REEL 1. ) Music. Introduction to speaker. Prinicpal Clerk to the Chamberlain speaking - 'Boyce, Mayor the common council...will pay his scoff and bear his lot and so they all say'

    LS. Menzies arriving inside Guildhall. LS. GV. Menzies speaking (NAT. SND.)

    'I Robert Gordon Menzies do solemnly swear that I will be good and true to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second, that I will be obedient to the Mayor of this City, that I will maintain the franchises and the customs thereof and will keep this City harmless in that which in me is. That I will know no gatherings nor conspiracies made against the Queen the Queen peace but I will warn the Mayor thereof or hinder it to my power and that all these points and articles I will well and truly keep according the the laws and customs of the city to my power. MS. Menzies signing the Freeman's declaration. The Lord Mayor hands casket to Menzies saying:-

    LS. Menzies speaking (NAT. SND), Lord Mayor, Chamberlain your Excellencies, my Lord Ladies and gentlemen, I would be singularly be unresponsive to circumstances if I haven't felt extraordinarily moved this morning and emotions all the morning I know have been fully shared by my wife, because this a great event for me and for my family for ever, In point of fact I think I should tell you at once that being as the grisly record has revealed, a policitian, inveterately steeped in policits, by now, nothing is nearer to my heart than to proceed along a street in a condition of decent obscurity. LS. Menzies speaking (NAT. SND.)

    'So I don't need to tell you, I believe that the magnificent conspiracy was entered into, a long time ago in this city between.....'And of course, one's recollections go further than that. Applause

    'I always have been in reality, but you haven't admitted it until today, may I say this to you, as one of you, when a great war is over,and great victories have been won, we tend to be tired and all to frequently we tend to forget or only faintly to rememver the great things that brought cheefulness, we should not loose the the divine faculty of laughing at our enemies, or at our problems, but we should restore, and refurnish our faith inour destiny, and our place in the world. ...we have disclosed not a talent for disunity, but a genius of unity'

    Menzies - 'Thankyou' (applause) LS. GV. The packed auditorium applauding. Menzies and party walking along gangway (Applause and Australian Anthem) Ditto.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:51:00 / 01:44:47:00
    UN 2445 A

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