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A tablet commemorates the 60th year of the reign of Queen Victoria.
On 23 September 1896, Victoria surpassed her grandfather George III as the longest-reigning monarch in English, Scottish, and British history. The Queen requested that any special celebrations be delayed until 1897, to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee, which was made a festival of the British Empire at the suggestion of Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain.
The town was en fete yesterday. The school children of Dunolly and surrounding districts mustered in strong force in procession, and marched through the streets, accompanied by a band and headed by the borough councillors, to the town hall, where ample provision had been made to entertain the children. The Chinese of the town were also well provided for. The National Anthem was sung by the children after refreshments. At 4 o'clock a tablet in commemoration of the jubilee was unveiled, a large concourse being present. The mayor made a patriotic speech, and Mr Comrie, M.L.C., and Mr Duggan, M. L. A., also spoke. At the conclusion the National Anthem was sung.
The Argus (Melbourne), 23 June 1897.
|Address:||83 Broadway, Dunolly Town Hall, Dunolly, 3472|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -36.859972|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||20-June-1837|
|Actual Event End Date:||20-June-1897|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 22nd June, 1897|
June 22nd 1897
Erected By The Burgesses of Dunolly In Affectionate Loyalty To The BRITISH THRONE and EMPIRE And In commemoration of the 60th year of the ILLUSTRIOUS REIGN of VICTORIA Queen of Britain etc, etc Empress of India
Who Rules With Beneficent Sway Over 400 MILLIONS Of The Human Race : On Whose Wide Dominions The Sun Never Sets
A Free People We Rejoice
' She Wrought Her People Lasting Good'
Her Court Was Pure, Her Life Serene
God Gave Her Peace; Her Land Reposed
A Thousand Claims To Reverence Closed
In Her As MOTHER, WIFE and QUEEN