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1240 Mei Quong Tart presents an address to the Duke of York

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The Daily Telegraph reports on the addresses presented to the Duke of York during his visit to Sydney and his response to them. Address included one from the Chinese residents of New South Wales presented by Mei Quong Tart. Mei Quong Tart dressed in his Mandarin robes for the presentation.

Source: ‘Presentation of addresses’, Daily Telegraph, 30 May 1901

Region: Date From: 1901 To: 1901
New South Wales - Sydney    

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After the levee various public bodies presented addresses to the Duke who received them standing in front of the dais. The address from the Municipal Council of the City of Sydney was contained in a handsome gold casket and that from the Council of Newcastle in a silver casket. An interesting feature of the function was the presentation of the address on behalf of the Chinese residents by Mr Quong Tart, who was attired in his mandarin's robes. It had been intended by the State Premier to present an address from the Parliament of New South Wales but it was pointed out that such action would be unconstitutional unless approved by Parliament, and the address was not presented. The addresses presented were as follow -

The Mayor, aldermen, and citizens of Sydney.
The Archibishop of Sydney, on behalf of the standing committee of the Diocesan Synod.
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales.
The ministers and members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in New South Wales.
The Congregational Union of New South Wales.
The President and representatives of the Baptist Union of New South Wales.
The representatives of the Jewish community.
The Mayor, aldermen, and citizens of Newcastle.
The Mayor and citizens of Parramatta.
The Sydney Harbor Trust Commissioners.
The Sydney Chamber of Commerce.
The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
The Loyal Orange Institution of New South Wales.
The directors of the Prince Alfred Memorial Hospital.
The council and members of the New South Wales Centre of the St. John Ambulance Association.
The council, officers, and members of the Animals' Protection Society of New South Wales.
The executive committee of the New South Wales branch of the Life-saving Society.
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The Art Society of New South Wales.
The Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
The Sydney Philatelic Club.
The executive committee of the Young People's Industrial Exhibition.
The German residents of New South Wales.
The Chinese residents of New South Wales.

To all addresses the Duke of Cornwall and York made but the one reply, which was as follows:-

"Gentlemen, - I sincerely thank you for your assurances of loyalty to the Throne and person of my dear father, his Majesty the King, to whom I shall communicate without delay the dutiful sentiments contained in the addresses which you have now presented to me.

I am deeply moved by your touching allusion to the memory of my beloved grandmother, our ever-lamented and revered Queen, who throughout her long reign, watched with the deepest interest and pleasure with development of her Australian colonies, and the general advancement and prosperity of their people.

I am grateful beyond measure for the hearty welcome which you have extended to the Duchess and myself on our arrival in New South Wales, and we shall always look back with feelings of pride and pleasure to the magnificent reception accorded to us when we landed in Sydney on Monday last. I never forget those happy and interesting weeks which I spent with my dear brother in this country 20 years ago... [incomplete transcript]