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Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Previous Queen's Diamond Jubilee


There has been comment over the last few weeks how very few celebrations, civic projects and memorials have been planned for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee on the throne of Great Britain, (and Australia). One article in the Sydney Morning Herald compared what the then colony of New South Wales did in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's 60 years on the throne.
They mentioned a number of marble drinking fountains that were erected across the colony. As luck would have it I walked past one in Lismore it just the other day.


I wonder if Queen Elizabeth took a refreshing sip from her Great Grand-mama's marble bubbler when she visited Lismore in 1954. More on that tomorrow.

12 comments:

  1. Great post!
    I wish you a nice weekend!

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  2. I love the word 'bubbler' in this context. That was the word we used at school in the Hunter Valley. Sticks with one forever.

    This bubbler is very much a product of its time, both in design and in purpose. The republican movement is still right now, but will rise up again as soon as Betty toddles off. Can you imagine, though, if our Jools spent zilions on memorials for ER2. I guess even the Leader of the Opposition would be a yes man to that. Somewhere in a shed, stands a golden coach that we have not delivered to her yet for her 80th.

    Waste and profigacy ... tax payer dollars ... hard earned ...

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  3. A sign of the times. Good photo.

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  4. Such an interesting feature! Amazing that far flung Lismore has such an iconic memorial to the British crown! Following on from Julie's comment, if we did create a memorial for our Elizabeth's jubilee, I just wonder how the "caption" would be worded!

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  5. Marvellous bubbler. There really is a general lack of interest in the Diamond Jubilee in Australia.

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  6. Hystory documented, I like it. Have a nice weekend :)

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  7. Beautiful post.
    Wishing you a good weekend.
    Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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  8. That's an interesting question. I wonder if she did...

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  9. A timely post. And raises an interesting question.

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  10. beautiful photos..one has to wonder, hmmmm.

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  11. Interesting design and very similar to the Queen Victoria diamond jubilee monument up over in Cheshire that I posted on 2 June.

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