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43 Prime Minister Harold Holt...
...At Opening Of Penfolds Dalwood Estate Winery, Wybong, NSW, 1967. Collection of 40 silver gelatin photographs attributed to Gervaise Purcell (Australian, 1919-1999) and one C-type photograph, all in spiral bound album, 30.1 x 25.1cm (paper size). Water damage including surface loss, stains and buckling to edges of most images, slight creases, tears or paper remnants to some images.
Prime Minister Harold Holt (1908-1967) opened the Penfolds Dalwood Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley, NSW on 17 February, 1967. The event commenced with parachutists descending from the sky bearing bottles of Dalwood Estate wine, one of which was presented to the Prime Minister and his wife Zara. PM Harold Holt, who commenced his term of office on 26 Jan. 1966, disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, Victoria on 17 December, 1967. His body was never recovered... A joint report by Commonwealth and Victoria Police, submitted in January 1968, concluded that, "... there has been no indication that the disappearance of the late Mr Holt was anything other than accidental." Ref: National Archives of Australia. Photographer Gervaise Purcell's career spanned over sixty years. After WWII, he established a photographic practice in Surry Hills,
Sydney, and undertook a variety of commissions, from "food to fashion to heavy industry to celebrity portraits." Ref: ACP.
The collection $4,400

 

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