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08-October-2014
08-October-2014

Photographs supplied by John Huth

A tree commemorates the Diamond Jubilee 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.

Location

Address:Goldsmith Street, Queens Park, East Mackay, 4740
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -21.146411
Long: 149.194799
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
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

Ficus religiosa

This, the "Jubilee Tree", was planted at the intersection of Victoria and Sydney Sts, Mackay, by Miss B. Black, daughter of His Worship the Mayor Alderman H. B. Black on the 22nd June, 1897.  The occasion was the Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

The "Jubilee Tree" was removed to this spot of the 10th August, 1965, to make way for the installation of traffic signals, introduced in Mackay during the term of office (7. 6. 52 to 3. 5. 67) of His Worship the Mayor Alderman John Binnington.

Source: MA
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