On this day …….. 11th September 1916
When Sir George Reid, 4th Australian Prime Minister, died in London on 12th of September 1916, the Australian government was faced for the first time with the need to arrange an appropriate funeral ceremony for a former prime minister. The funeral procession set out from Australia House in the Strand, with the coffin draped with the huge Australian flag usually flown from the building. The Australian Government ordered wreaths from a Knightsbridge florist, and supplied a diagram outline of Australia so a wreath of wattle could be fashioned in the correct shape of the continent. At St Columba’s Church of Scotland in Pont Street Kensington, the pallbearers included Prime Minister WM Hughes and former prime ministers Andrew Fisher and Joseph Cook.