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Prince Albert, aka Duke of York, the man who would be King George VI, visited in 1927 with his wife, formerly Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later known as the Queen Mother (because she was still a queen and also the mother of the present Queen Elizabeth II).

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York visited Fremantle in 1927. The Royal pair were everywhere received with the utmost enthusiasm, the loyalty and devotion of the people being strikingly demonstrated at each public appearance. Hitchcock: 85.


I'm guessing that this photo shows part of the public reaction to the visit of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. Thanks to the Fremantle Library Local History Collection for this c. 1930s photo #2382. The photograph was taken from by George Davidson from the rear of the McIlwraith McEacharn building on the occasion of some important arrival or departure from the south wharf. People are lined up on either side of Cliff St to see them. Maybe it was the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927?


Fremantle Library Local History Collection#253 from 20 May 1927: 'Maypole dancers on Fremantle Oval to celebrate the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York'. The library has three other photos of this event.


Fremantle Library Local History Collection photo #446 by R.G.Illidge from 20May1927: 'Royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George and Queen Elizabeth). Shaking hands with the Duke is Councillor J.M. Farrell. Councillor J.E. Wilson is waiting to be presented. In the rear are G.F. Pearce (left) and J.T. Franklin (right)'.

Mayor Frank Gibson is standing next to the Duchess and performing the introductions. The library has another Illidge photo showing a different handshake.


Fremantle Library Local History Collection image #435 from 20 May 1927: 'Royal visit of Duke and Duchess of York. The Hon. Philip Collier in attendance. Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Forests 1924-1930. M.L.A. for Boulder 1905-1948'.

They are standing on what the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Mary of Teck, had named Victoria Quay in 1901 - with one of the transit sheds in the background.

References and Links

Hitchcock, J.K. 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia, 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.

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