I was just sure they would select a black person to drive Betty and Phil from Fed Square to Government House Drive, but no, from the minorities of gays, lesbians, Asians, Anglos and others, they chose a woman and not a black person who would really represent Melbourne's trams, and I think the back up driver is a woman too. Ah well, she looks presentable and no danger of Phil making another bad taste comment about race. Rumour has it that the internal driver's door has been removed in case Betty or Phil want to have a word with her. No Phil, don't touch that lever and don't press that big red button.
It rather keeps with the girl thing that has happened in Australia. HM gets off her plane and is met by our Prime Minister, a woman, our Governor General, a woman and the ACT Chief Minister, a woman. HM goes for a cruise on Brisbane River and is met by the Queensland Premier, a woman and the State Governor, a woman. Jesus, people might get the wrong idea and actually think women have a lot of power and influence in Australia. Well, there is Gina Rinehart, but I'll save dissing her for another day.
Herald Sun newspaper.
Back in 1954 when Liz first visited Australia, Sydney went to some effort in decorating trams. I am not sure if she rode on them. The roof crown is rather camp, is it not? I expect half of Australia turned out to see her then. Now it might be half a per cent, no, not even that. Note the quality of the photos from back in 1954 (always good to say something nice when you steal online photos).