National Geographic : 1956 Dec
N . m *m m !** * * * *-SBBSS ,,,,,,,,,,,,, FIR 2Ttm,, - *, Gothic Arrives in Hobart, Tasmania, with England's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edin burgh, was the first reigning monarch ever to visit Tasmania, one of Australia's six States. The royal party, making a world tour, reached the island on February 20, 1954, for a 4' day visit. Touring by plane and car, the Queen and the Duke inspected cities, farms, and wild mountain scenery. Tasmanian flag (foreground) flies in welcome. The sailors wear the uniform of the Royal Australian Navy. + Sailboats Race on River Derwent A lavish regatta, commem orating the island's discovery in 1642, is staged each year as Tas mania's national birthday cele bration (page 812). Sir John Franklin, a governor of Tas mania, who later met death in the Arctic while seeking the Northwest Passage, originated the celebration in 1838.