We found this below from a quick shuffle through the National Library’s excellent Trove resource. There is masses more, but this will do, both on that death and for any interesting comparisons that may be drawn with this week’s event.
THE DEATH OF QUEEN VICTORIA.
With her fulness of years it was inevitable that the life of Queen Victoria could not last much longer. And so, having lived to see another century unfold its promise, she has passed away, to reign no more, into the land of universal equality, at the ripe age of eighty two and in the sixty-fourth year of her rule.
Disbelieving in monarchy, as do all who are supporters of majority rule, The Worker must nevertheless say that, compared with that of her predecessors, the rule of our late ruler was a blameless one. Its main fault lay in any absence of an attempt to lead a crusade against poverty, injustice, and wrong-doing — surely the noblest work in which anyone could engage.
Now, the Queen being dead, long live the King. Albert Edward comes to the throne at a period when, his wild oats being widely-spread and thickly-sown, he may be expected to exercise some discretion in the maintenance of the position. The wings of Monarchy have been long closely clipped in Britain, and it only requires an attempt on the part of the occupant of the throne to seize and exercise long dormant privileges and powers to drive the nation over to Republicanism.
In conclusion it might be said that even the most conscientious Republican may feel some regret at the death of the woman — if not at that of the queen — who was at all events a good wife and mother and who did her duty according to her necessarily limited ideas thereof.
10 September 2022