January 22, 1901, the day of Queen Victoria's death, the Daily Colonist's first page was devoted entirely to events and commentary regarding Queen Victoria's passing. This included many responses to her death from nations in her Empire, provinces in Canada, Nations including the Prairie Provinces, and Ontario, and the city of Victoria. The most significant image on this page was a sketch of the Queen, shaded in black, which was a haunting signifier of the loss of Queen Victoria.
On either side of this large sketch were the captions, "Victoria The Good Has Passed Away," and, "To-day The King Will Be Proclaimed." However, more striking, in terms of its content was a poem under the image of the Queen written by Frederick Irving Taylor of Victoria, British Columbia. It stated:
Three days after this issue was printed, on Friday, January 25, 1901, The Daily Colonist printed a report from Ottawa that stated "the proposal to make May 24 a permanent holiday meets with favour from all parts of Canada."19 Following this statement was a sentence crediting Senator Macdonald for this idea of proclaiming May 24th a holiday. Though this proposal had then to be passed as a bill by the government, it is obvious today that such a holiday exists. However, celebrations of the life of Queen Victoria on this day are minimal and serve more frequently as the extension for a long-weekend.
The Daily Colonist and the Victoria Daily Times reflected much of the same content in terms of their reports and news releases ranging from all over the world regarding the death of Queen Victoria. By referring to these two papers of the city of Victoria, British Columbia, It is clear that even though the death of Queen Victoria occurred at such a far distance, Victoria's ties to this monarch were exemplified through overwhelming coverage in both newspapers. The Victorians of Victoria, British Columbia, mourned alongside with the people of Britain and grieved with the people of the world.
The Queen is Dead!
Sketch of Queen Victoria in the Daily Colonist