24 May - Empire Day / Commonwealth Day

#OnThisDay 24 May Australia used to celebrate Empire Day (later Commonwealth Day) in honour of the British Empire. From 1905, a range of patriotic activities across Australia were performed on the 24th. There was a focus on schoolchildren, who were given a half-holiday at the conclusion of celebratory activities, and the occasion was often highlighted with fireworks in the evening.

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What does our collection reveal about this vanished celebration?

Find out in the Gallery: Empire Day / Commonwealth Day