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The Queen at the Email factory in Orange (1970)

September 9, 2022

A still taken from a clip of Her Majesty's inspection of the Email whitegoods factory. Clip from 16mm film reel, Royal Visit, 1970. Gift of Prime Media, Orange Regional Museum collection. Reproduced courtesy Prime7TV.

By Peter Holmes


Ahead of The Queen's visit to Orange in on April 30, 1970 there had been debate in the town about whether the Email whitegoods factory was the appropriate venue for her to visit, when there were other options such as orchards and medical facilities.

Email, which had formerly been known as Electricity Meter & Allied Industries Ltd, was later broken up and sold off, with Electrolux buying the whitegoods part of the company.


A still taken from a clip of Her Majesty's inspection of the Email whitegoods factory. Clip from 16mm film reel, Royal Visit, 1970. Gift of Prime Media, Orange Regional Museum collection. Reproduced courtesy Prime7TV.

Electrolux closed the Orange factory in 2016 and relocated the manufacturing work to Thailand.


In an interview with the ABC in 2016 a long-time employee at the factory said that The Queen, who died today aged 96, had actually requested to visit a manufacturing business.


A still taken from a clip of Her Majesty's inspection of the Email whitegoods factory. Clip from 16mm film reel, Royal Visit, 1970. Gift of Prime Media, Orange Regional Museum collection. Reproduced courtesy Prime7TV.

She spoke to employees and saw how a range of workers spent their days in different areas on the floor.


A still taken from a clip of Her Majesty's inspection of the Email whitegoods factory. Clip from 16mm film reel, Royal Visit, 1970. Gift of Prime Media, Orange Regional Museum collection. Reproduced courtesy Prime7TV.

The Queen and Prince Philip also signed a visitors' book.


A still taken from a clip of Her Majesty's inspection of the Email whitegoods factory. Clip from 16mm film reel, Royal Visit, 1970. Gift of Prime Media, Orange Regional Museum collection. Reproduced courtesy Prime7TV.

Apprentices formed a guard of honour as she and Prince Philip departed in an open top Rolls-Royce.


A still taken from a clip of Her Majesty's inspection of the Email whitegoods factory. Clip from 16mm film reel, Royal Visit, 1970. Gift of Prime Media, Orange Regional Museum collection. Reproduced courtesy Prime7TV.

The Queen's Diary, April 30, 1970


Orange - Richmond - Sydney

AM

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive Orange

Visit Email Factory (Whitegoods factory), Orange

Meet representatives of official and voluntary organisations, Community Hall


PM

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Orange and arrive Richmond

View College Activities, Hawkesbury Agricultural College

Visit St Matthew’s Church of England, Windsor

The Queen opens the Restored Old Government House, Parramatta Park

Travel on Parramatta River from Rydalmere to Circular Quay

Overnight – HMY Britannia


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