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Commemorative certificate [Coronation of King Edward VII]; Government of New Zealand; 1902; XCH.1659
Commemorative certificate [Coronation of King Edward VII]
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This certificate was awarded to Edith May Webster on the occasion of Edward VII's coronation in 1902. The New Zealand government issued over 200,000 copies of these certificates to children throughout the country as a means of celebrating the commencement of the new monarch's reign.

During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, New Zealanders held the British Royal Family in the highest regard. Royal coronations, marriages and deaths were celebrated or mourned nationwide. For many colonial New Zealanders, the Royal Family did not only represent idealised family life, they were also a means of maintaining a connection with the 'mother country'. (1)

The certificate is beautifully illustrated with two prominent images of King Edward and Queen Alexandra set within a scene of New Zealand bush and coastline. This imagery would have clearly conveyed the position of King Edward VII as New Zealand's Head of State to all the young children who received the certificate.

(1) Megan Cook, 'Royal family - Place of royalty in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/royal-family/page-1

For more information about the Clendon family and Clendon House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

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Date Made
Place Made
New Zealand
Medium and Materials
21.8 x 29.5cm
Credit Line
Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga
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King Edward VII
New Zealand government
Queen Alexandra
Royal family

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