50 Years of the National Library

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The National Library of Australia, located in Canberra, was opened by Prime Minister John Gorton on the 15th of August, 1968.

Sir Robert Menzies speaking at the laying of the National Library of Australia_s foundation stone on 31 March 1966. National Library of Australia, nla.obj-136760449 Canberr

Sir Robert Menzies speaks at the laying of the foundation stone on the 31st of March, 1966.

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On this day: a new Prince of Wales

Prince Charles investiture with his mother, Queen Elizabeth ll. 3rd July 1969

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The investiture of Prince Charles – first in line to the British throne – as Prince of Wales took place at Caernarfon Castle on the 3rd of July, 1969.

Prince Charles being invested by his mother, Queen Elizabeth ll. 3rd July 1969

The ceremony.

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Despite the general popularity of the event, some Welsh people felt the investiture was a sign of the subjugation of Wales. A large protest was held several weeks before, on the 6th of March.

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Photograph of the procession by Welsh photojournalist Geoff Charles.

The entire event can be seen in footage from the BBC.

On this day: the Bolshoi Ballet in Amsterdam

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Anefo_911-3243_Aankomst_solisten9 June 1960 Bolshoi Ballet in Amsterdam 9th June 1960 USSR Soviet Union Vintage.

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These images were taken in Amsterdam on the 9th of June, 1960. The Bolshoi Ballet arrives in the Netherlands for an international tour.

The Soviets believed nobody could surpass them in the arts, however dancers of the Bolshoi (Moscow) and Kirov (Saint Petersburg) companies were not always allowed to leave the USSR. Some dancers defected, while others were considered unsuitable, such as superstar Maya Plisetskaya, a Lithuanian Jew whose family faced heavy persecution in Russia.

On this day: a Station in Wales

Buckley Junction Station Flintshire Wales 20th May 1961

This photograph is dated the 20th of May, 1961, and is of Buckley Junction Station.

Buckley, a village in the Flintshire region of Wales, is known for its distinct dialect. The unique way of speech is dying out as people come and go from the area.

On this day: a Protest Against a Prince

Created Prince of Wales in 1958, it was not until 1969 that Prince Charles’ investiture finally took place, in a ceremony televised on the BBC.

While the event, taking place in July, was generally welcomed, some Welsh people thought it was a symbol of their subjugation. A protest was held on the 6th of March.

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The image was taken by Welsh photojournalist Geoff Charles.

The investiture took place at the same location as the protest: Caernarfon Castle.