15 September, 2022
Locals remember 1992 Royal Tour visit in Dubbo
By Shirley Marks
The Late Queen made 16 visits to Australia
during her reign, first in 1954, most recent 2011.
It was reported that the Royal Tour in 1954
practically stopped the nation when an estimated
one million people out of 1,863,161 living in
Sydney at the time came out to see The Queen.
Most recent visit to Dubbo in February 1992
when The Queen and Prince Phillip were welcomed
by the mayor Tony McGrane accompanied
by Marion Ferrier.
Nick Grenier was premier
of NSW at time.
The Dubbo city choristers sang God Save The
Queen as she walked past the rotunda in Church
Street and then she met with her people.
My hsuband Jeff and I, were part of the
Dubbo crowd, estimated at 25,000 that day. She
wore a blue and white patterned dress, with a
white and blue, off the face hat.
close but remember thinking she was beautiful.
While in Dubbo the couple visited the School
of Distance Education, Dubbo Civic Centre
where they viewed the Australian Stage Coach
Display and had lunch.
After lunch The Queen visited Western Plains
Zoo and Prince Phillip flew out of Dubbo to
Williamstown RAAF Base.
(Tony McGrane had been president of Gilgandra shire for 16-years and was mayor of Dubbo 1991-1999).