‘Melbourne Investiture: Honours Conferred with Sword’, The West Australian, 6 November 1937
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This article from The West Australian in 1937 reports on a number of new knighthoods awarded as part of the King’s Coronation Honours. For the first time, the article informs readers, the recipients were ‘dubbed’ by the Governor-General, Lord Gowrie, at Parliament House during a ‘ceremony of medieval pageantry’. The ceremony was undertaken with the permission of the King, who was traditionally the only figure with the authority to confer honours with a sword. The act of dubbing involves a light blow to the shoulders of a kneeling recipient with the flat side of a sword. Dubbing is an essential part of the public investiture ceremony and dates to the medieval period.
TROVE: National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41446579
The West Australian
6 November 1937, p.18