In the past 50 years, The Seekers have visited the national capital Canberra on countless occasions, often as part of their many national concert tours. In 1967, Canberra was included in filming of ‘The Seekers Down Under’ (where they bumped into then-Prime Minister Harold Holt on the steps of Parliament House!); in 1968, they met with newly-elected Prime Minister John Gorton and Mrs. Gorton; and in 2013, they visited the National Portrait Gallery for the unveiling of the painting ‘The Seekers Reunite – 50 Years On’ by Helen Edwards.
Later this month The Seekers return to Canberra to be invested as Officers Of The Order Of Australia (AO) in the General Division by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC.
The four members of the group - Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley – each receive the honour “for distinguished service to the performing arts as an entertainer, through seminal contributions to Australian music, and as a supporter of not-for-profit organisations.”
(Photos from The Graham Simpson Archive.)