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04-June-2015
04-June-2015
Photographs supplied by Father Ted Doncaster

The bell tower, and the treble and tenor bells commemorate Queen Victoria.

In 1902, a square bell tower was designed by the Western Australian architect, J. Talbot Hobbs, and built at a cost of £1129, to contain a set of bells as a memorial to Queen Victoria, who died 22 January 1901.

In 1974 the bells were recast with the heaviest tenor bell weighing 11 cwt. The former tenor bell dedicated to Queen Victoria is now rung as a day bell. The tower was strengthened and the new bells were rededicated by Archbishop Sambell on the 21st December 1975 and rung for the first time on February 4th 1976 to welcome the new Dean, The Very Reverend Vernon Cornish.

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:38 St Georges Terrace, St Georges Cathedral, Perth , 6000
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.955556
Long: 115.860833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Imperial
Actual Event Start Date:20-June-1837
Actual Event End Date:22-January-1901
Designer:J. Talbot Hobbs (Perth, WA)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 22nd January, 1903
Source: MA
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