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Tuesday, August 02, 2016 02:15:27 PM 

 

The Victorian Era first came to me whilst looking at my Grandparents wedding outfits. My Grandmother stood and my Grandfather sat down along side this beautiful woman in her very simple and very graceful dress.

I have collected over 20,000 graphics, so you can see I do like this era.

My first ward as as Nurse was at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney in the 1960s and the first ward they sent me to was in the Queen Victorian Block -Vic 1 and each day to walk to duty I would pass her regal Statue.

My interest over the last years in Decoupage has once again stirred my thought to this time. So I began to look around the Net for anything related to the Era. Cards, photographs, poems that showed me more of what was around at that time. The following is some information that I have found and I hope you find it of interest.


The world was a very different place during Queen Victoria's reign. It was a time of enormous growing, with great expansion and new confidence. Britain was the most prosperous nation in the world. Victorian Britain ruled over the largest empire our world has ever seen. Even by today's' standards.

There was great respect and social good manners. The life was governed by defined rules of social behaviour and good manners. Life was slower and so much more simpler. Prudish even.

Queen Victorian reigned from 1837-1901. In that time that was the longest reign of any British Royal Monarch. She provided a sense of stability and respectability. The British were proudly nationalistic and loved their Queen. She was much loved Queen and the admiration for her was woven through the social fabric and all school students learned all about .

Her high standards and she ruled with such dignity set the moral standard in the age to which she lived.

The Victorian society was so very class conscious. There was the very stiff upper lip high class and not much intermingling with lower classes.

At the top of the ladder was the Queen and morals values and behaviour was set for those below to follow. They were the known as the SNOBS.

These were of course the rich people and therefore divided society and those lived shared their time between their country estates and their city dwellings.

There were many books to explain the Have Nots to behave in the correct manner. This gave the middle-class their step up to society without the Pitfalls. The bases for good manners and etiquette was to spare other people's feelings, and at the same time let people know exactly where they went wrong.

Girls advanced from their school days to dinners, garden parties, operas, balls and the theatre. It was there that young ladies were introduced into society. Her chaperone was always close by. Maybe her mum or another married person accompanied her on these occasions.

They would dance around merrily and then be returned to the side of the chaperone after the dance was over.

Social etiquette was very strict. Young girls from a very early age were taught to behave with such good manners. When their behaviour was not becoming they were told so with delicate tact. They were shown how to entertain to allow them when they married to follow on with the finest tradition.

Mark Twain's words... "Good breeding consists of how much we think of ourselves and little we think of others."

A wife was expected to stay at home, tender to her husbands every need, nurse him, air in dirty linen, wipe away his tears.

Queen Victoria's and her husband Albert, were young, good looking and very much in love and they set the standard for along and happy marriage. Maybe this is where Queen Elizabeth gets her strength from.

Their enormous emphasis on love and the romance made it part of the poets of the days precious words.
Marriage in this wonderful Era made the wife's role in the home a high standard and she was expected to make it tranquil, peaceful and stable for her beloved husband.


Queen Victorian and Prince Albert's marriage was the prefect role model for others to follow. The were the perfect good looking couple, showing a great emphasis on their cherished love and so we see the Victorian placing a an enormous emphasis on Romance.



It was common practice when meeting people in the street to raise their hats. Bowing was done also to mark the sign of respect.

Once a woman had made a made an acquaintance with a man the next step was to call and see her home with calling card and as they left they would leave the card in the hall for all to see that followed. The man was expected to call on his lady and make a suitable time to call on her. The women made special days to be at home for callers. Their stay was to be short and sweet and they would leave their calling card behind on table when the visit was over.



A typical Victorian Sunday was just about the most boring day of the week. There was Church and as everything was shut there was very little to entertain them. The children were expected to give up playing with their precious toys and do reading or some other uplifting activities. Nothing was opened on Sundays so visiting was just the only thing to pass the time. Art Galleries a popular place to visit during these times was shut Sunday till 1896 when they opened for all to see. Gardens gave the folk something to take pride in as it not only past the time but provided such beauty.