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Pop goes Australia!

Pop goes Australia!

Australia's 'special day', in which the nation took centre stage at Expo 67 Montreal, was held on 6 June 1967. Prime Minister Harold Holt officially opened the pavilion and visitors watched events including boomerang throwing, sheep-dog trials, wood chopping contests and tennis matches with members of the Australian Davis Cup team.

In the afternoon a variety concert, 'Pop goes Australia', featured musicians Normie Rowe, Bobby Limb, Rolf Harris and The Seekers.

The entire 10-hour program was televised live by United States satellite to Australia, where several hundred thousand people sat all night in front of their television sets. This was the first direct telecast across the Pacific from North America.

One newspaper reported that the picture was so clear that hundreds of viewers rang a Sydney television station to seek assurance that the vision really was being broadcast live from Canada.

Montage of scenes from the Australian National Day at Expo 67 Montreal, showing Harold Holt, boomerang throwing, sheepdog trials, a tennis match and wood chopping
Scenes from the Australian National Day at Expo 67 Montreal: Prime Minister Harold Holt's official visit, boomerang throwing, sheepdog trials, a tennis match and wood chopping. Photo: Rosemary Sinclair collection.