First person || Memories of Empire Day || Judith Law

By First Person
June 14 2018 - 6:30am
Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901)
Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901)

A friend of mine sent me a cutting from the newspaper “The District Reporter” printed in Narellan back in 2001. It features the history of Empire Day. I was interested to learn that in the late 1890’s, Canada conceived the idea of celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday in the classroom. Primarily due to the efforts of Canon Francis Bertie Boyce this day has been observed in Australia since 1905. Canon viewed the Empire as a beneficent force which could help to unite the world under just and moral law.

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