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Queen Victoria Diamond Jubillee : 13-May-2012
Queen Victoria Diamond Jubillee : 13-May-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A monument commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria in 1897. The monument was originally a drinking fountain and the unveiling ceremony was held on the 22nd June 1897. 

On September 23, 1896, the Queen Victoria surpassed King George III as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, but she requested that celebrations of the milestone be delayed until June 1897, the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain proposed that the Diamond Jubilee double as a “Festival of the British Empire” to celebrate Britain’s true crown jewels—its colonies.

Monument characteristics :

A white obelisk with a white marble plaque

A Gala Day was observed in Moama yesterday. Immediately after the Echuca Town Hall fountain had been unveiled the Mayor and councillors, together with many other residents, drove over to Moama, when the Mayor of Moama (Ald. W. J. Martin) performed the ceremony of unveiling the drinking fountain erected as a memorial to the Queen, in honor of the Diamond Jubilee. There was large crowd of spectators present, and the Federal Band was present. The school children of the town and localities surrounding, under the direction of Mr Waters, assisted, of course, by Mr O. L. Blair, were present in large numbers, and they marched to the scene of the ceremony. The Mayor of Moama, who was very heartily received, said that the council had erected the drinking fountain in honor of the Diamond Jubilee Commemorations. He referred in terms of pleasure to the beautiful Queen's weather, and, after referring in earnest terms to the splendid reign of the Queen and the vast amount of good she had accomplished he unveiled the fountain amidst cheers. The band struck up " God Save the Queen" and the children and assemblage generally joined heartily in. The band played " Rule Britannia." 
Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW), 23 June 1897.

Location

Address:Shaw Street, Moama, 2731
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.115164
Long: 144.757372
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Imperial
Actual Event STart Date:20-June-1837
Actual Event End Date:20-June-1897

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 22nd June, 1897
Front Inscription

Dieu - Et - Mon - Droit

         ERECTED
In Commemoration Of The
     Diamond Jubilee
            Of
     Queen Victoria
By The Municipality of
Moama 20 June 1897. 
     W. J. Martin
         Mayor

Source: MA
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