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Transcript 7008

State Funeral for Sir Robert Helpmann

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Hawke, Robert

Period of Service: 11/03/1983 to 20/12/1991

More information about Hawke, Robert on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 29/09/1986

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 7008

 29 September 1986 

The Government has decided to accord a State Funeral to Sir Robert Helpmann in recognition of his distinguished contributions to Australia as a dancer, actor, producer, director and choreographer.

In extending my sympathies to Sir Robert's family yesterday, I said that he had been a true achiever in his field and a fine ambassador for Australia who had helped to demonstrate to the world the diversity of our talents and our capabilities as a nation.

I also said that in that sense, he had made a tremendous contribution to ballet and theatre internationally.

The State Funeral would be a suitable mark of respect to a man who contributed so much.

The Service will be held at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney on Thursday 2 October 1986 at 2. l5pm followed by a cremation at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

Transcript 7008