Laudable Loyalty to Royalty

These history notes are contributed to Valley Ventures by one of our members, Max Farley.

Queen Victoria; her son Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII); his son Prince George, Duke of York (later King George V); and George’s son baby Prince Edward of York (later King Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor).

Queen Victoria; her son Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII); his son Prince George, Duke of York (later King George V); and George’s son baby Prince Edward of York (later King Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor).

Many Australians have an interest in Royal doings even today, but it does not match the excitement of 1901 when Edward VII became king after Queen Victoria’s long reign.

Back then there was a Dooralong family one of whom, Vin Earl, was very well known in Yarramalong because he delivered bread to homes along the Valley for 42 years until 1965.

With a surname like Earl, it is not altogether surprising that Vin’s parents, Joseph and Elizabeth, were quite carried away. So much so that they named their next-born son King Edward Earl who was followed by George Albert Earl.

We doubt if new parents of today would call a child King Charles. It would be a dog of a name.

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SOURCES: Max Farley; Photo source Palace Archive

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