Unveiling Dominion Columns New Delhi Programme, 1931

A rare old 1931 programme card of the unveiling of the dominion columns in New Delhi. This is an original 1931 programme card, giving a detailed minute-to-minute programme of the event. The unveiling of the four dominion columns on the Government Courts marked the inauguration of the secretariat on 10th February 1931.

The sandstone columns await the arrival of the viceroy to begin the ceremony. This and successive events in New Delhi were covered by the “Illustrated London News” and the French  “L’illustration”. There were four dominion columns. These were presented by the dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa which were under the British Empire.

The columns were made out of red sandstone with each topped with a bronze ship. Which symbolized the Empire’s sea link. Some of the schedules mentioned in this programme card read — “10.30 AM-The Hon’ble Chief Commissioner of Delhi will arrive…The Ruling Princes and Chiefs will arrive…The Hon’ble Members of his excellency the Governor-General’s executive council will.

10.50 AM-His Excellency Sir Geoffrey de Montmorency will arrive. 10.53 AM-The Right Hon’ble Baron Hardinge of Penhurst will arrive.  10.55AM-The representatives of the Dominions will arrive….” and so on, see the scan for more of the interesting detailed schedule. Read a brief on the Dominion Column — Secretariat Complex. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- there is also a Jaipur Column which is in the middle of the courtyard in front of Rashtrapati Bhavan. It was gifted by the Maharaja of Jaipur.

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