24 Mar Here in History by Betty Laver
The Coronation of King Edward VII celebrated at Barney Point, Gladstone, in 1902
The Boer War, which was raging in South Africa at the dawn of the twentieth century, saw young men of Queensland go off to war, many of whom didn’t return. By the turn of the century, the citizens of Gladstone were finally having faith that there were better things to come in their district. With pastoralists taking up properties in the region the cattle industry was booming, and Gladstone commenced the twentieth century on a high note. The meatworks provided an industry in the township by 1896 and mining for gold and copper played a large part in bringing people to the area. Calliope, Maxwelton, Langmorn, Targinnie and several fields in the Boyne Valley had had their initial boom but the industry still had more to give.
The coronation of Edward VII and his wife Alexandra, as King and Queen of the United Kingdom, the British Dominions and as Emperor and Empress of India, took place at Westminister Abbey, London, on 9th August 1902. Australia was one of the British Dominions and this coronation was celebrated in Gladstone on the beach at Barney Point.
Photo from Jimmy Harris