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Trafalgar Day in Queensland state schools

Australia's close ties to Britain were celebrated on two special days of purely British military significance, Trafalgar Day and Empire Day.

On Trafalgar Day, celebrations were held in many Queensland schools commemorating Nelson's naval victory over Napoleon. Trafalgar Day appears to have been celebrated until 1918 when it seems to have been replaced by Anzac Day.

In this political context of close ties to the British Empire reflected in the Readers used in Queensland (Irish/British based till 1913) and emphasis on inculcating British sentiment through the syllabus in schools that many enlisted in the armed forces and served in the Boer War or World War One.

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Last reviewed
10 January 2013
Last updated
10 January 2013