Diamond Jubilee - Tasmanian celebrations
Written by Reg Watson, Convenor, ACM's Tasmanian Division   
Thursday, 09 February 2012

Image This is a report in the ACM section, Diamond Jubilee 2012

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II – Queen of Australia, there were a number of activities in Tasmania, both north and south.

A Thanksgiving Service was held in the evening at St David’s Cathedral in Hobart on Sunday, February 5th. Tasmanian ACM Convenor, Reg Watson attended the service with the Governor of Tasmania, His Excellency, The Honourable Peter Underwood AO and Mrs Underwood also attending.  The Governor gave the reading.

[The Governor of Tasmania, Peter Underwood, giving the address at the formal dinner to herald Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in Hobart]

The following evening, Monday 6th February  a formal Diamond Jubilee Dinner was held at the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay. Again, the Honourable Peter Underwood, Governor of Tasmania and Mrs Underwood attended.  His Excellency gave an important address which is on the Government House Tasmanian website, part of which reads:

During the night of 5th – 6th February sixty years ago King George VI, emaciated by cancer, died in his sleep, and at noon on Friday 8th February 1952 Sir Ronald Cross, then the Governor of Tasmania proclaimed the accession of Her Most Gracious Majesty QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND.

According to his advice sent to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations Sir Ronald made his proclamation, and I quote, “at Hobart …with fitting solemnity and ceremony in the presence of State Ministers, Judges of the Supreme Court, Members of both Houses of Parliament and a large public concourse

The dinner was held under the auspices of the Royal Commonwealth Society of which, Tasmanian TCM Convenor Reg Watson and members of ACM attended. Mr Watson is also a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society and announced the arrival of His Excellency and Mrs Underwood to the assembled.

[Guests at Diamond Jubilee Dinner, from left: Lauren Bosvelt, who came second in the Tasmanian section of the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize; Reg Watson, Tasmanian Convenor of ACM; Elise Archer MHA and Dale Archer]


In the north of Tasmania a morning Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Service was held at the Holy Trinity Church, Launceston. The following day an informal lunch was held in Launceston mark the Diamond Jubilee occasion. 

In the evening at the Launceston Town Hall the Governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Underwood, and Mrs. Underwood attended and the Governor addressed the Civic Reception to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.