British Empire
Living in the British empire - Australia
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Picture of a gift from the city of Adelaide to Queen Victoria in 1897
(Catalogue ref: PP 1/636)
  • This picture shows a gilt cabinet, which was presented by the city of Adelaide to Queen Victoria in 1897. In that year Victoria was celebrating 60 years as Queen. The Queen's jubilee was a national holiday in Australia and the rest of the British empire.
  • By this time there was a debate going on in Australia about the running of the country. Most Australians wanted Australia to rule itself, rather than be ruled from London.
  • However, most Australians also wanted to keep the connection with the British empire. This was not true of all Australians. Many wanted Australia to become an independent republic. Some Australians descended from Irish emigrants were especially strong republicans.
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