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The foundation stone of the Victoria Public Library commemorates the 60th year of the reign of Queen Victoria.

Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. With a reign of 63 years, seven months and two days, Victoria was the longest -reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history until her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her on 9 September 2015.

Queen Victoria`s birthday, 24th May, used to be called `Empire Day`. There were special assemblies at school with songs praising the British Empire. Children were then given a half-day holiday. Up to the 1950s, Empire Day was celebrated in Australia with huge bonfires and fireworks.


Address:Roe Street, Perth Cultural Precinct, Perth, 6000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.949984
Long: 115.86112
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:20-June-1837
Actual Event End Date:20-June-1897


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 22nd June, 1897
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Plaque :

This stone of the Victoria Public Library was laid by His Excellency Sir Gerard Smith, K.C.M.G  

In commemoration of the completion of the sixtieth year of her reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and as a memorial of the continued loyalty and devotion of the people of this Colony to Her Majesty`s throne and person

June 22nd 1897

Plaque :

The colonists of Western Australia moved by loyalty and love inscribed this foundation stone of a public library with the name of Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the Jubilee Day of her beneficent reign 

22 June 1897


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