Sir John Kerr Drunk At The Melbourne Cup

Just weeks before retiring as Governor-General, Sir John Kerr attended the Melbourne Cup.

A drunken Kerr presented the cup to the connections of the winner, Gold and Black, a horse trained by Bart Cummings and ridden by John Duggan.

Kerr’s performance in front of a heckling crowd is a classic for political aficionados.

Kerr at the Melbourne Cup

  • Listen to Kerr’s Melbourne Cup speech (2m)
  • Watch Kerr (2m)

Report in The Age, November 2, 1977, page 3.

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