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The plaque commemorates the planting of trees here in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria`s reign. The trees were planted in the park on the 24th June 1897. 

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.

BERRIMA, Thursday. The record celebrations proved a great success. Trees were planted in the park by the following :— Berrima tree, Mr. J. W. Cordeaux, J.P., district tree, Mr. W. M'Court, Bowral tree, Mr. Thomas Loveridge, Sutton Forest tree, Mr. Charles Nicholson, J.P., Mittagong tree, Mr. G E Makin, departmental tree, Miss Keirnan; High Range tree, Rev. J. Sheppard, Moss Vale, Joadaja, and Belanglo, the oldest resident, Mrs Chapman, and the youngest, Miss Connolly. Others also planted trees. The picnic and sports were well attended. The town was brilliantly illuminated. 
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 26 June 1897.


Address:Wingecarribee Street, Berrima Reserve, Berrima, 2577
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.488668
Long: 150.337794
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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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:Saturday 8th February, 1986
Source: H, MA
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