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Facts and figures

Facts and figures


The 1954 tour was a high-point of royal adulation in Australia. It is difficult to imagine a visit of such scale occurring in today's Australia. Here are some interesting facts and figures from the 1954 Royal Tour.

Gothic leaving Fremantle
The Gothic leaving Fremantle,1954. National Archives of Australia, A1773, RV1610.


510,000
pounds sterling approximately in total contributed by the federal government

500,000 miles travelled by the cars of the Royal Visit Car Company

200,000 pounds sterling contributed by the federal government for the use of the yacht Gothic

200,000 people filled the streets in the city of Sydney when decorations for the royal tour were illuminated for the first time

20,000 cars trapped in the gridlock that choked the city of Sydney when decorations for the royal tour were illuminated for the first time


10,000 air miles travelled by the Queen

57 hours spent by the Queen in aeroplanes

35 air flights by the Duke

33 air flights by the Queen


2000 road miles travelled by the Queen

207 car journeys made by the Queen

130 hours spent by the Queen in motor cars


 

10,000 cartons of canned fruit from Shepparton taken aboard Gothic

5000 cartons of tomato juice taken aboard Gothic

3237 bags of milk powder taken aboard Gothic

1500 cases of canned meat taken aboard Gothic


100 speeches made by the Queen in towns and cities she visited

5 engagements per day