Colour Photos of Sydney and New South Wales, 1965-1967

"Sydney is rather like an arrogant lover. When it rains it can deny you its love and you can find it hard to relate to. It's not a place that's built to be rainy or cold. But when the sun comes out, it bats its eyelids, it's glamorous, beautiful, attractive, smart, and it's very hard to get away from its magnetic pull." Baz Luhrmann

Sydney Opera House Under construction, early 1966

In 1966 Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister retired and was succeeded by Harold Holt. It was the year that the Beaumont children were abducted during a visit to Glenelg Beach in Adelaide and never seen again. On 7 April – New South Wales repealed the Sunday Observance Act, allowing theatres and cinemas to open, sporting events to charge admission and clubs to sell alcohol on Sundays. American president Lyndon Johnson comes to Australia provoking anti-Vietnam protests.

These photographs were taken by Robert Beck and courtesy of Ben W. Smith

Armidale, New South Wales from Beardy St looking towards the Faukner St intersection.

Mildura, Victoria, Australia, early 1966

Easter show Sydney, 1966

Easter show Sydney, 1966

Easter show Sydney, 1966

Half built opera house Visitors gather near the building site of Sydney Opera House, 1967

Prince street, Grafton, New South Wales, 1967

Manly, Sydney, Australia, 1967

Jacaranda tree Eastwood, Sydney 1967

Armidale, New South Wales 1967

Armidale, New South Wales sometime in 1967


Sydney welcomes President Johnson in 1966, photographer unknown.

Anti-Vietnam War demonstration Martin Place to Garden Island Dock, Sydney, NSW

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