A ceremony in which a monarch is crowned. Not always a happy event…. This guy was triggered by one:
Sir William Walton’s music was wonderful in that version!
He also wrote the Coronation March Orb and Sceptre and a seting of the Te Deum for the actual Coronation of Elizabeth ii.
I remember 1953!
Here is one of many things I at age 9 found exciting! Australia is home to one of the world’s best nuclear reactors. And in The Shire too! Cliffy Tanko and I spend some time scouring the Devil’s Back — a hill near we lived, overlooking the Woronora Valley — for Russian spies! The fun of being a Cold War Kid!
I am circled, and I think that is Cliffy on the right of the boy with the board. Maybe not. Could be 4th from the right in the second back row…
Certainly my Vermont Street neighbour Colin Dawson is second from the left in the front row. Colin is still with us; Cliffy passed away some years ago.
But this was still the reign of King George VI. In 1953 we were in 5A. We had a Queen by then.
Two years later I was no longer at Sutho Public but at Sydney Boys High, though at this time I don’t think I knew where the place was let alone that it would become so much a part of my life. There they were celebrating the Coronation. As was the whole country pretty much.
At Sydney Boys High
Of course we did not get to see the Coronation as Australia did not have TV, but it was on the wireless coming from the BBC no doubt via short wave.
The sound of short wave on YouTube
Yes, apparently BBC recently restored its short wave service! That is how we heard the Coronation. I seem to recall there was a public relay in the park by the old Ambulance Station in Sutho, with a band and fireworks. I was there. It was the first time I had ever heard this tune and it thrilled me then.
The Sutho band may not have been quite as good… Or as big…
But for a kid who had that week been making Crown Jewels out of his Meccano set…
This was getting quite a bit of airplay around those days…
Well, I did get to see the Coronation — at the Sutherland Odeon. I was in love…