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Indian Pacific Inaugeration February 1970

2004.0024.0012

Indian Pacific Inaugeration February 1970

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Physical description

A copper coloured cast metal circular plaque, pivoting on circular base. The plaque has a coat of arms and a presentation inscription on one side that reads 'PRESENTED BY / THE / COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT / 23RD FEBRUARY / 1970'. On the other side there is an image of a diesel train over a map of Australia with the text 'INDIAN PACIFIC / INAUGURATION / FEBRUARY 1970'.

Statement of significance

The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection No. 2, comprises 181 objects relating to his cycling, political and RAAF careers. Items of note include a silver tray presented to him for duties as Immigration Minister in 1966; Knights Bachelor Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968; and a Basque Beret worn when he was awarded the Gold Medal of Paris in 1991 by Jacques Chirac.

Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

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