Dame Nellie Melba sings the national anthem, God Save the King, on the steps of Parliament House (now Old Parliament House), in Canberra at the official opening in 1927. The camera pans across the official party as the Duke of York salutes and Prime Minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce gives a speech.
This newsreel shows Australia’s strong connection with the Commonwealth at the time of the opening of Old Parliament House. Today, while still part of the Commonwealth, Australia has its own national anthem, Advance Australia Fair.
More than one camera was used, allowing different scenes to be captured simultaneously. Intertitles have been used to link the various segments.
Unfortunately no sound recording was ever made of Dame Nellie Melba singing at the opening of Old Parliament House but it was broadcast live on the day.