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The Mosaic of Serendipitous Finds; Or; The collecting institution of choice does not hold everything you need. By Elizabeth Estbergs ACT Government Reference.

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1 The Mosaic of Serendipitous Finds; Or; The collecting institution of choice does not hold everything you need. By Elizabeth Estbergs ACT Government Reference Archivist

2 Empire Parliamentary Association What is the Association? –Established in 1911 –9 regions –Each own secretariat –provides opportunities for Members of Parliament to liaise with fellow parliamentarians across the Empire in a number of different forums, including seminars, conferences and visits.

3 Imperial Conferences – Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings Empire Parliamentary Association

4 What was the Occasion?

5 Who were the delegates? United Kingdom – 18 delegates Irish Free State – 4 delegates Canada – 1 delegate Union of South Africa – 9 delegates Southern Rhodesia – delegate New Zealand – 4 delegates Newfoundland 2 delegates Malta – 1 delegate India – 2 delegates

6 Who were the delegates? United Kingdom Rt Hon The Marquess of Salisbury K.G., C.G.C.V.O., C.B. P.C. Rt Hon Sir Evelyn Cecil G.B.E., M.P. Sir Sydney Henn K.B.E., M.P. Sir Frank Nelson M.P. Brig-Gen. C.R. Ingham Brooke C.M.G., D.S.O., M.P Lt-Col. The Hon. A. McDonnell C.B., C.M.G., M.P

7 More delegates J. Q. Lamb Esq. M.P. L. R. Lumley Esq. M.P. L. Thompson Esq. M.P. James B. Couper Esq M.P. The Right Hon. Arthur Henderson P.C., M.P. F. A. Broad Esq. M.P. W. Mackinder Esq. M.P. James Stewart Esq. M.P. A. V. Alexander Esq. M.P.

8 And even more Dr J. H. Williams M.P. Dr T. Drummond Shiels M.C., M.P. The Right Hon J. I. Macpherson P.C., K.C., M.P. Irish Free State Major Bryan R. Cooper M.P. Senator Sir Edward Bigger Senator M. F. O’Hanlon Osmonde Esmonde Esq. M.P.

9 And more Canada Senator the Hon F. L. Schaffner Union of South Africa The Right Hon. Sir Thomas W. Smart K.C.M.G, P.C., M.P. Colonel N.J. Pretorius D.T.D, D.S.O., M.P. Senator the Hon J. P. Malan The Hon W. A. Deane M.P. I.P. Heerden Esq M.P. S.P. Leroux Esq M.P.

10 And J. H. Munnik Esq. M.P. R.B. Waterson Esq. M.P. Southern Rhodesia Mrs E. Tawse Jollie M.L.C. New Zealand J.S. Dickson Esq. M.P. The Hon John Barr M.L.C. W.A. Veitch Esq. M.P. M.J. Savage Esq. M.P.

11 Finally Newfoundland The Hon J. Alexander Robinson M.B.E. Edward F. Sinnott Esq. M.P. Malta Senator Lt-Col. Achilles Samut C.B., C.M.G. India Sir Darcy Lindsay C.B.E., M.L.A. Shanmukham Chetty M.L.A.

12 Events during visit: 1 Presentation of replica Speaker’s Chair to the Australian Commonwealth House of Representatives, for the new Federal Parliament House at Canberra, by the members of the Houses of Lords and Commons constituting the United Kingdom branch of the Empire Parliamentary Association by the Marquess of Salisbury.

13 Speaker’s Chair

14 Events during visit: 2 Poplar planting in Senate courtyard In the court yard at the back of the building an interesting ceremony took place, when the Marquess of Salisbury and Mr. Arthur Henderson each planted a poplar tree. Source: The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 12 October 1926, page 7

15 Events during visit: 3 Tree planting in front of the Provisional Parliament House

16 Permanent Planting Plan

17 Where were the trees planted?

18 Closer view Lake Parliament House

19 What were the trees?

20 1930s view

21 1950s view

22 Parkes Place

23 Who planted the trees? The leaders of the various delegations were each asked to plant a tree in front of Parliament House. The ceremony took place this morning. The planting of trees in the Capital area has been proceeding steadily and many of them are making rapid growth. Canberra – Wednesday 13 October 1926

24 Empire Parliamentary Association tree planting ceremony

25 Hon J. Alexander Robinson M.L.C. (Newfoundland)

26 Senator Lt Col Achilles Samut (Malta)

27 Plaque at base of cypress

28 Sir Darcy Lindsay M.L.A. (India)

29 Shanmukham Chetty M.L.A. (India)

30 J.S. Dickson M.P. (New Zealand)

31 Major Bryan R Cooper (Irish Free State)

32 Named trees Lake

33 Where are the rest of the plaques? 5 Countries4 Missing countries India (2 plaques)Canada Irish Free StateSouth Africa MaltaSouthern Rhodesia New ZealandUnited Kingdom Newfoundland

34 Cupresses sempervirens “Stricta” Sir Darcy Lindsay MP India Shanmukham Chetty India Major Byron R. Cooper MP Irish Free State Senator Lt Col Achilles Samut Malta J.S. Dickson M.P. New Zealand The Hon J. Alexander Robinson MLC Newfoundland Mrs E. Tawse Jollie MLC Southern Rhodesia Rt Hon The Marquess of Salisbury I.P. Van Heerden M.P. Union of South Africa

35 Planning Map Salvaged plaques Cypress Trees Publications

36 Flickr comment Flickr Photographs

37 Current status Still searching for the document that lists the exact tree planting scheme National Capital Development Authority- In addition, the missing Empire Parliamentary Association plaques will be restored, if the originals can be located, or the missing plaques will be reconstructed if not.

38 Sources ArchivesACT ACT Heritage Library Commonwealth Parliamentary Association National Archives of Australia National Capital Authority National Film and Sound Archive National Library of Australia Site visit

39 Websites

40 Contact For any additional information please contact; Elizabeth Estbergs ACT Government Reference Archivist Ph Fax


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