Air Vice-Marshall Ky and Mme Ky finish their Brisbane visit, and the following day travel to Sydney.
The South Vietnamese visitors finished their Brisbane stay and the next day, Saturday 21 January 1967, flew to Sydney. They were met at Kingsford Smith Airport by New South Wales Premier, Robert Askin. As a result of the anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Brisbane the day before, where arrests had been made, more than 300 police were present at the airport. The crowd awaiting the arrival at the airport was however made up mainly of supporters, whom the Kys were relieved to see. Most members of the anti-Vietnam War movement in Sydney that day were attending a demonstration organised by the Vietnam Action Committee. A crowd of up to 10,000 people rallied under the Harbour Bridge at Milson’s Point, where they were addressed by Arthur Calwell. A large number (the narration in this clip refers to it as 3,000, whereas the Vietnam Action Committee recorded it as over 5,000) then marched to Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence. Shots of the rally are conspicuously absent from this clip. Rather the footage follows the touring party around Sydney, as its route is altered to avoid the demonstration.
The footage skilfully presents Ky and his wife in a glamorous light, framing them like film stars at the top of the stairs into the plane. The motorcade is dwelt on at length and nicely shot for maximum impact.