100 years since Prince of Wales’ Bayside visit

As we ease into the Queen’s birthday long weekend, we bring you images straight out of an episode of The Crown.

100 years ago, on 5 June 1920, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) visited ANZAC Hostel in Brighton to thank the wounded soldiers for their war efforts.

The Prince of Wales embarked on a journey to Australia on behalf of his father, King George V, spending nine days in Victoria. The Prince’s visit was a resounding success, with crowds of thousands lining the streets and railway lines for hours to get a glimpse of him.

On Saturday 5 June 1920, following a morning at the races in Flemington, the Prince spent the afternoon at ANZAC Hostel in Brighton, where he chatted to wounded soldiers and, according to the newspaper reports at the time, “won the hearts of all present.”

The Mayor at the time, Cr Thomas Wilson, made a welcoming speech to the Prince which was met by great applause by the cheering crowd.

“We tender our warmest thanks for your kind consideration in coming to visit the inmates of the ANZAC Hostel. They are men who have suffered much, and are now suffering – men who have fought and bled for their King and country; whose loyal, heroic and manly deeds, coupled with others of kindred spirit, have made the name of Australia known throughout the world and a visit from their soldier Prince will be very much appreciated.”

Explore the records of his visit as part of the Art and Heritage Collection for Bayside City Council.

Prince, Mayor and Town Clark, Royal Visit at ANZAC Hostel 1920,

Mayor, Prince and Town Clark- Royal Visit at ANZAC Hostel 1920.

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