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02-December-2014
02-December-2014

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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.

Location

Address:83 Broadway, Dunolly Town Hall, Dunolly, 3472
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.859972
Long: 143.731916
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
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

          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

                       E.T.Morris  
                        Mayor.

 

 

Source: MA
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