In 1937 thousands of acorns were distributed throughout the British Empire to commemorate the coronation of King George VI.
As two of the oldest members of the community, Thomas Wilkins and Jane Ollington were nominated to plant the coronation oak, one at Forest and the other on the Esplanade at Smithton. Both Jane and Thomas were diligent in tending to their respective acorn until it began to germinate.
I profess to know nothing about engines so I go with the safe option to consolidate all images found thus far to provide a visual representation of the steam locomotive. The images below were published throughout 1908, another significant year in the history of the West Coast.
In 1917, the idea of a Navy Day was first introduced for the purpose of raising funds to supply comforts to men on active service in the British and Australian Navy. The date was fixed for 24 May 1917, Empire Day.
In Penguin, “ladies were all over the place selling buttons, which bore the photos of Admiral Beatty and Jellicoe.” Unfavourable weather conditions, with heavy rain in the afternoon, did not dampen their efforts. They raised 10 pounds.
On the mainland, Navy Day was called Jack’s Day.
Clockwise from top left: (1) Sailor girls selling buttons on Navy Day (2) Decorating a returned soldier (3) Asking an engine driver for a contribution (4) Mrs Mather who has a son at the war
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