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The Foundation stone of the original Queen Victoria Infectious Diseases Ward and a bust of the Queen from the old ward commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of her reign in 1897.

The foundation stone is mounted on a cairn in front of the hospital while the bust of Queen Victoria is mounted on a nearby brick wall. 

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:Halford Street, Old Castlemaine Hospital, Castlemaine, 3450
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.051556
Long: 144.221181
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:20-June-1837
Actual Event End Date:20-June-1897


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 22nd June, 1897
Front Inscription

In commemoration of Her Majesty`s Diamond Jubilee

22nd June 1897

Source: VMR,RHSV
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au