As Victoria’s banks closed on July 1, 1891, to celebrate 40 years of Separation, some were questioning the relevance of the holiday.
The Portland Guardian reported there was some indifference among business owners as to whether they closed or not. Some shops did decide to open their doors. The writer proposed this may have been some indication of how each trader felt about Separation day.
On the same day two years earlier, the Guardian had again raised the worth of the Separation Day holiday. This time, a character of Charles Dickens, Melvin Twemlow is used to make the writer’s point.
Forward to 1894 and there was barely a mention of Separation day, but it did not go by without comment