The late Queen Elizabeth II – Part One

As Australia mourns the passing of Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, we remember the historical event when Elizabeth acceded the throne on 6 February 1952 on the passing of the late King George VI.

In the lead up to the Queen’s Coronation on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London, our region prepared for Coronation celebrations. Let’s take a look at some of the events leading up to the Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation.

The 1953 Gympie Show was thus proclaimed the “Gympie Coronation Show”…

The Gympie Times, 19 May 1953
The Gympie Times, 21 May 1953
The Gympie Times, 28 May 1953

The Courier Mail advertised their special Coronation Souvenir in The Gympie Times:

The Gympie Times, 28 May 1953

Of course it was fitting for local business to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation. Here we find local Cycle Store, Bruce Small advertising the “Coronation” Malvern Star bicycle model.