‘The Australian Jubilee Peerage: A Detailed Scheme for the Institution of Various Long-Needed Australian Orders of Nobility’, The Bulletin, 25 June 1887

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‘The Australian Jubilee Peerage: A Detailed Scheme for the Institution of Various Long-Needed Australian Orders of Nobility’, The Bulletin, 25 June 1887

Subject

‘pedigree hunting,’ Australian politics, Britain, heraldry, honours, Jubilee, knight, knighthood, Livingston York Hopkins (1846-1927), Melbourne, nobility, peerage, politics, political figures, Queen Victoria, social mobility, Victoria, VIC, White Knight of Kerry

Description

This full-page illustration by the Bulletin’s American-born cartoonist Livingston Hopkins (aka ‘Hop’), pokes fun at some of Australia’s prominent political figures. The 25 June 1887 issue of the Bulletin reviewed Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and Hop’s cartoon “lampooned the jubilee peerages that had been bestowed” on the distant British outpost (Louise D'Arcens, Old Songs in the Timeless Land: Medievalism in Australian Literature 1840-1910, Turnhout: Brepols, 2011, p.21). It seems that Australians from all backgrounds and social milieu desired these honours from the British monarch: a search for long-forgotten (aka ‘illustrious’) forbears was relentlessly pursued by public figures, and the claiming of heraldic devices (if obtainable) was de rigueur. As a result, Burke’s Peerage was forced to devote two volumes in 1891 and 1895 to “Colonial Gentry” (D'Arcens, p.24). Hop’s cartoon offered Bulletin readers a tongue-in-cheek selection of new honours, including ‘The Order of P.G.’ to be “conferred only upon the old and true colonial aristocracy” (Bulletin,p .18). “P.G.” is a reference to “the convict inmates of Pinchgut, the notoriously punitive prison-island in Sydney Cove (better known today as Fort Denison)”. It also serves as a timely reminder to those with ‘blinkered’ memories “of the decidedly ignoble origins” of many of the Colony’s original European settlers (D’Arcens, p.23).

Creator

Livingston Hopkins ('Hop')

Source

The Bulletin

Publisher

The Bulletin

Date

25 June 1887 (p. 18).

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Journal (Microfilm)

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Citation

“ ‘The Australian Jubilee Peerage: A Detailed Scheme for the Institution of Various Long-Needed Australian Orders of Nobility’, The Bulletin, 25 June 1887,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed November 18, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/933.