Leonard Tripp, president of the Wellington branch of the Royal Empire Society, reads a message from former Governor-General Lord Bledisloe on Empire Day, 1940. Tripp is standing at the foot of a statue of Queen Victoria in Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, where a woman is preparing to lay a wreath. Empire Day, which began in New Zealand in 1903 to celebrate the ties between countries that were then part of the British Empire, took place on 24 May, Queen Victoria's birthday.
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