Aims and Objectives
The Victoria Day Council is an Association, incorporated in the state of Victoria. It is an independent, non-political organisation maintained by public subscription. Membership is open to all Victorians. In the incorporation documents, three main aims for the Victoria Day Council are stated as:
- To celebrate Victoria Day, 1 July - the day Victoria was founded and which was, prior to World War I, a state public holiday.
- To support and encourage Victorians in all fields including Commerce, the Arts, Sport, Community and Public Life.
- To support Victorian Charities and other worthwhile causes that are of benefit to those in need in the state.---
The main focus of the Council is on 1 July - Victoria Day. Therefore, the Council will undertake activities and functions that centre on that date. However, the Victoria Day Council also celebrates the arrival of the news of Victoria's Independence on 15 November 1850. The Council sponsors the maintenance of the Separation Tree (in The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne) and an annual re-enactment of Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe's reading of the proclamation of separation is held on this date.