Duke of Gloucester

During 1934 Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (third son of George V) visited Australia for an extensive 67 day tour. Arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia he travelled to Adelaide by Train.

Many articles were written on the Dukes arrival and visit to the City. One published by The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) on Saturday 13 October, 1934 describes the scene of thousands of citizens who swarmed King William Street to get a glimpse of his Royal Highness, ‘densest in the vicinity of the Town Hall’.

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Adelaide Welcomes the Duke

Saturday 13 October, 1934

Like Armistice Night

At night there was unrestrained demonstration and enthusiasm, almost without precedent. The scenes in King William Street, particularly in the vicinity of the Town Hall before and after the arrival and departure of the Royal car, could be compared only with those witnessed ' on Armistice night. Tens of thousands of people who had come to see the illuminations and get a glimpse of his Royal Highness passing through the streets on the way to the Lord Mayor's ball almost blocked the Royal car opposite the Town Hall. Troopers were almost powerless to keep the milling, cheering crowd in check, and at times people seemed to be riding on the running board.

When the Duke left the ball at 11 o'clock the crowd seemed hardly to have thinned, and the rousing cheering echoed down King William Street from the Town Hall to Government House as his car drove slowly through the throng.

The cheering began as his Royal Highness appeared at the entrance to the Town Hall preparatory to entering his car. This had been drawn up in such a position that people on the outskirts of the crowd were unable to obtain a clear view of his Royal

Highness, but the Duke motioned to his chauffeur to back his car, thus leaving his Royal Highness a clearly lighted figure in the unobstructed view of everybody. He remained thus for fully a minute, and then, entering his car, drove off through the cheering press of people, which seemed at any moment about to overwhelm the car.

The civic welcome at the Town Hall, where enormous crowds had assembled, was dignified and impressive. All the seating accommodation on the stands on both sides of the street was taken long before the Lord Mayor (Mr. Cain) and the Town Clerk (Mr. H. P. Beaver), in their robes of office, accompanied by the Mace Bearer, Aldermen, and Councillors, mounted the dais, and waited the arrival of his Royal Highness. Seats were reserved for the Lady Mayoress (Mrs. Cain) and her daughter (Mrs. Dunstan), and the wives of Aldermen and Councillors.

Excitement at Peak

From the platform King William Street presented a magnificent sight. The crowd was densest in the vicinity of the Town Hall, and it was admirably controlled by the police. As the time of the Duke's arrival drew near the excitement increased to such an extent that many of the people in the stands were unable to remain seated, and, rising to their feet, craned their necks for the first sight of the Royal car. In the meantime selections were played by the Salvation Army Band on the balcony of the Town Hall.

At 11.15 the Premier (Mr. Butler) arrived and mounted the dais, with the Chief Justice (Sir George Murray), the Attorney-General (Mr. Jeffries), the Chief Secretary (Mr. Ritchie), the Commissioner for Crown Lands (Mr. Mclntosh), the Commissioner for Public Works (Mr. Hudd), and the Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Blesing).

Illuminated Address

The Premier received the Duke as he alighted from his car, and escorted him up the steps to the dais. He was a conspicuous figure as he stood facing the crowd below and around him, while the National Anthem was played.

The Lord Mayor, having been presented to his Royal Highness, read the following illuminated address of welcome: —

To his Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester: May it please your

Royal Highness— We, the Lord Mayor Aldermen, and Councillors of the corporation of the City of Adelaide approach your Royal Highness with an assurance of loyalty and devotion to his Most Gracious Majesty the King. On behalf of the citizens we extend to your Royal Highness a loyal and hearty welcome to this, the capital city of the State of South Australia. We desire to express our appreciation of the honour conferred on our city by your presence. We hope that your visit will be of the greatest interest and enjoyment, and that you will ever have the happiest memories of your stay in this portion of the British Dominions beyond the seas.

The Duke's Reply

In reply, the Duke said:—

'My Lord Mayor: I thank you for your assurances of your loyalty to the King, my father, as well for the cordial terms in which you greet me on behalf of the citizens of Adelaide. You are doubtless aware that your city derives special connection with my family from the fact that it took its name from Queen Adelaide at the express wish of King William IV. I am very grateful for the warmth of the reception which you have given me. It ensures the fulfilment of your good wishes for the enjoyment of my stay here. I hope that Adelaide and her citizens will be blessed with prosperity in years to come.'

Ball at Town Hall

The ball at the Town Hall to-night was the closing function of a crowded day, which had been marked by a triumphal Royal progress through the streets and a visit to the Royal Show this afternoon.

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