The Canberra Times was looking out for its readers on this day 57 years ago.
The front page reported on an instruction from Canberra schools telling pupils not to look at the sun during an eclipse during the forthcoming afternoon.
The eclipse would occur at 3:30pm, when many children would be leaving school.
A Canberra eye specialist warned our readers that permanent eye damage could be caused through looking at the sun for even just for a few moments.
He said that permanent scarring could be formed on the back of the eye and that nothing would fix it.
He advised that the best way to avoid damage was not to look at the sun at all. The only safe way to observe the eclipse, was by the projection method, based on the principle of the pinhole camera.
By making a small hole in a piece of cardboard and holding it so that an image of the eclipse is thrown on to a sheet of paper acting as a screen.
The observer, with their back to the sun watches the projected image.
The NSW minister for education Ernest Wetherell said: "It is a destressing fact that during previous eclipses, many children and adults have damaged their sight irreparably through watching the sun without properly protecting their eyes".