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14-April-2021
14-April-2021

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Victoria Park and the entrance gates commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

The Victoria Park Gates were erected in honour of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. A public meeting held on June 2nd, 1897, resolved that the Jubilee should be celebrated by forming a recreation ground and commemorative gates. The present site was selected and the foundation stones were laid on 22 June 1897, the commemoration day of the 60th anniversary of the Queen's reign.

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:Queen Street, Victoria Park, Peterborough, 5422
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.978299
Long: 138.834274
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
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
Approx. Monument Dedication Date:
Front Inscription
VICTORIA PARK
Left Side Inscription

This Entrance Was
  Presented By 
MESSRS KOCH BROS.
In Commemoration Of The 
QUEENS`S JUBILEE

Right Side Inscription

VICTORIA PARK
THIS STONE WAS LAID BY
His Worship The Mayor 
E. PALMER, ESQ., 
on 22 June 1897.

Source: MA
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