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On this day …….. 17th of December 1967

On this day in 1967, Prime Minister Harold went missing at Cheviot Beach on Point Nepean near Portsea. Holt together with friends Christopher Anderson, Jan Lee, and George Illson and his two bodyguards, drove down from Melbourne to see the British yachtsman Alec Rose sail through Port Phillip Heads in his boat Lively Lady to complete a leg of his solo circumnavigation of the globe, which started and ended in England. Around noon, the party drove to one of Holt’s favourite swimming and snorkelling spots, Cheviot Beach, on the eastern arm of Port Phillip Bay. Holt decided to go swimming, although the surf was heavy and Cheviot Beach was notorious for its strong currents and dangerous rip tides. Ignoring his friends’ pleas not to go in, Holt began swimming, but he soon disappeared from view. Fearing the worst, his friends raised the alert. Within a short time, the beach and the water off shore were being searched by a large contingent of police, Royal Australian Navy divers, Royal Australian Air Force helicopters, Army personnel from nearby Point Nepean and local volunteers. This quickly escalated into one of the largest search operations in Australian history, but no trace of Holt could be found.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1967

The 17th Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Harold Holt, arrived in Singapore on this day in 1967 with his left foot bandaged following a minor swimming accident. Mr Holt told guests at a Government dinner in his honour that he cut himself on rocks at Portsea, Victoria, during the weekend. His left foot and ankle were heavily bandaged and he had also cut his back, but it was not serious. The incident occurred in rough weather and shallow water when he had moved across near some rocks to warn some Sydney friends of the danger. “I managed to warn them off but instead I hit the the rocks and cut my leg and back”, Mr Holt said. On the 19th of December 1967, after swimming at the same beach Holt would disappear and was officially pronounced dead after drowning at sea.

 

 

On this day …….. 17th of December 1967

 

On this day in 1967, Prime Minister Harold went missing at Cheviot Beach on Point Nepean near Portsea. Holt together with friends Christopher Anderson, Jan Lee, and George Illson and his two bodyguards, drove down from Melbourne to see the British yachtsman Alec Rose sail through Port Phillip Heads in his boat Lively Lady to complete a leg of his solo circumnavigation of the globe, which started and ended in England. Around noon, the party drove to one of Holt’s favourite swimming and snorkelling spots, Cheviot Beach, on the eastern arm of Port Phillip Bay. Holt decided to go swimming, although the surf was heavy and Cheviot Beach was notorious for its strong currents and dangerous rip tides. Ignoring his friends’ pleas not to go in, Holt began swimming, but he soon disappeared from view. Fearing the worst, his friends raised the alert. Within a short time, the beach and the water off shore were being searched by a large contingent of police, Royal Australian Navy divers, Royal Australian Air Force helicopters, Army personnel from nearby Point Nepean and local volunteers. This quickly escalated into one of the largest search operations in Australian history, but no trace of Holt could be found.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1967

The 17th Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Harold Holt, arrived in Singapore on this day in 1967 with his left foot bandaged following a minor swimming accident. Mr Holt told guests at a Government dinner in his honour that he cut himself on rocks at Portsea, Victoria, during the weekend. His left foot and ankle were heavily bandaged and he had also cut his back, but it was not serious. The incident occurred in rough weather and shallow water when he had moved across near some rocks to warn some Sydney friends of the danger. “I managed to warn them off but instead I hit the the rocks and cut my leg and back”, Mr Holt said. On the 19th of December 1967, after swimming at the same beach Holt would disappear and was officially pronounced dead after drowning at sea.

 

 

On this day …….. 17th of December 1967

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On this day in 1967, Prime Minister Harold went missing at Cheviot Beach on Point Nepean near Portsea. Holt together with friends Christopher Anderson, Jan Lee, and George Illson and his two bodyguards, drove down from Melbourne to see the British yachtsman Alec Rose sail through Port Phillip Heads in his boat Lively Lady to complete a leg of his solo circumnavigation of the globe, which started and ended in England. Around noon, the party drove to one of Holt’s favourite swimming and snorkelling spots, Cheviot Beach, on the eastern arm of Port Phillip Bay. Holt decided to go swimming, although the surf was heavy and Cheviot Beach was notorious for its strong currents and dangerous rip tides. Ignoring his friends’ pleas not to go in, Holt began swimming, but he soon disappeared from view. Fearing the worst, his friends raised the alert. Within a short time, the beach and the water off shore were being searched by a large contingent of police, Royal Australian Navy divers, Royal Australian Air Force helicopters, Army personnel from nearby Point Nepean and local volunteers. This quickly escalated into one of the largest search operations in Australian history, but no trace of Holt could be found.