1971.202 | Dress

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1897, 19th century
Gift of Mrs. Ethel C. Likely
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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The dawn of the 20th century was an era of celebration and commemoration. In honour of Queen Victoria's (1819-1901) Diamond Jubilee in 1897, Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) travelled to London, England. The proud leader of the British Empire's first dominion, Laurier attended the lavish ceremonies along with representatives from all corners of the empire. The celebratory spirit in London spilled over to the rest of the empire as well. In tribute to the Queen, Canada launched the first ocean-to-ocean train service on the newly completed transcontinental railway. For the landmark journey the train was decked out in Jubilee finery, with a portrait of Queen Victoria mounted on the front of the engine. The Jubilee was also commemorated in a wide variety of souvenir items, including ceramic plates and teacups and even textiles printed with the Queen's image, as shown by this item.

  • What

    This child's dress was made of a Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee commemorative fabric on which was printed the Queen's own likeness.

  • Where

    Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee to celebrate her 60th year on the British throne was celebrated throughout the Dominion of Canada.

  • When

    In the summer of 1897, thousands of loyal Canadians celebrated Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Ten years earlier they had been equally excited about her Golden Jubilee.

  • Who

    In 1897, a two-year-old New Brunswick girl named Jane Creighton (b. 1895) wore this dress in honour of Queen Victoria.