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Tuesday, 10 March 1936

The PRESIDENT - I have to inform the Senate that, on the 22nd January last, Mr. Speaker and I forwarded, on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliament, a message through His Excellency the Governor-General to His Majesty the King in reference to the death of King George V., and His Majesty's Accession to the Throne, to which a reply has been received.

The Clerk read the Message and the reply thereto, as follows: -

To the King's Most Excellent Majesty:

Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, desire on behalf of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, to convey to Your Majesty an expression of the widespread sorrow with which the news of the death of your Royal father and our much loved King has been received by the people of Australia, and of their heartfelt sympathy with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Members of the Royal Family. Australians feel that they have lost a friend who, since he opened their first Commonwealth Parliament, had always taken a warm' interest in the progress of their country, whose example during the Great War was an inspiration to them, and whose service in the cause of peace made him also the friend of all mankind.

Australia rests assured that those high ideals which were cherished by His Late Majesty King George the Fifth will be followed byhis son and successor, Your Imperial Majesty.

Our citizens recall with pride and satisfaction that your Majesty's visit to our country in 1920 resulted in strengthening the ties of kinship and affection which link together the free nations of the British Empire.

On behalf of the Parliament of the Commonwealth we desire to convey its unwavering loyalty to the Crown and to the Person of your Most Gracious Majesty, and we, with confidence, hope and pray that, under Divine guidance your Majesty's reign may be a long and beneficent one, bringing happiness and prosperity to your Majesty's subjects, and abiding peace among the nations of the world.

P.   J. Lynch, President.

Geo. Bell, Speaker.

Parliament House, Canberra, 22nd January, 1936.

Governor-General, Sydney.

Please convey following reply from His Majesty the King to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives : - " On behalf of Queen Mary and myself, I thank you most sincerely for your kind message of sympathy in our great loss. I have received with deep appreciation your expression of loyalty to myself on my Accession to the Throne and your prayers for the happiness of my reign. It will always be my earnest endeavour, under Divine providence, to follow the example of duty and devotion to the welfare of the Empire, which was set by my dear father."

Wigram, Private Secretary.

Buckingham Palace, London, 25th January, 1936.

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