Story: Anniversaries

Building a bonfire at Māngere, 1897 (1st of 3)

Building a bonfire at Māngere, 1897

Local residents collect wood for a bonfire which was held on the night of 23 June 1897 as part of Auckland's celebrations marking Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. There were also bonfires on Mount Hobson, Mount Albert, Mount Victoria and Mount Eden. The lighting of bonfires was an empire-wide ritual which was also used to mark the anniversary in the United Kingdom.

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Jock Phillips, 'Anniversaries - Early celebrations and Queen Victoria’s jubilees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012