The Impact of Queen Victoria's Death on Australia

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Queen Victoria's Death Queen Victoria's reign, lasted 63 years, from 1837 to 1901. She ascended the throne of Great Britain, when she was 18. Despite being the Queen of Britain, and a very influential and prominent person, she also had an impact on Australian history. In Australia the most apparent legacy of Queen Victoria's reign is manifested in the names of the two states, Victoria and Queensland. There are also a large number of other important buildings and places, named in her honor such as, the Queen Victoria Building, in Sydney. Victoria was loved and respected by her subjects, and Australian society at the time was affected greatly by the loss of their beloved Queen. An example of the affection and grief felt by the…show more content…
Previous critics grew nervous of appearing to insult a worthy, now frail, old woman, who was also a mother and grandmother. Above all, the Queen was represented as a symbol of peace and goodness, and as a universal and loving mother. This is why her death was taken particularly bad in Australia, and all Australians felt it personally. Queen Victoria died only three weeks after the celebration of Australia's nationhood. This meant that affection for the Queen was particularly high, so the grief was intensified. The Sydney Mail reported that the severity of her illness had been played down so as not to spoil the celebration. The Australian Economy in the early 19th century was largely dependent on primary production, especially it's wool industry and it's exports. Britain was it's main export market for wool and foreign investments. During the end of Victoria's reign, Australia had one of the highest standards of living in the world. Victoria represented Britain, so the appreciation of the advantages which Britain gave Australia, was diverted to her. Victoria's death symbolized the decline of the British Empire. After her death the British Empire was weakened greatly. They had lost a great leader, although by the time of her death, the monarch's executive power was limited, although, the Queen was a powerful national symbol for the people. Both the decline of the British Empire and federation, distanced

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