1901 News

God Save the King!

Edward VII Portrait

January 22

Edward VII becomes King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

Australia Celebrates its Independence

The Commonwealth of Australia was inaugurated on 1st January 1901 in Centennial Park, Sydney. In March, elections were held for the new Federal Parliament, and in May the celebrations focused on Melbourne, where the first Federal Parliament was opened in the Royal Exhibition Building.

War in South Africa

Boer Soldiers

After the capture of their capital cities the Boers have turned to guerrilla warfare, blowing up trains and ambushing British troops and garrisons. In response, the British forces are implementing their so-called 'scorched earth policy', burning farms and confiscating foodstuffs in an attempt to starve the Boer commandos into submission. Thousands of women and children have been removed from the farms and towns where they lived and placed in concentration camps where malnutrition and disease are rife.

Marconi Transmits Wireless Across the Atlantic


On 12 December 1901, Guglielmo Marconi was responsible for the first wireless signal to be transmitted across the Atlantic from Poldhu, Cornwall to Newfoundland. Aged only 27, facing much opposition and almost overwhelming difficulties, his success marked a turning-point in world-wide communication.

1901 Greatest Hits

A Signal from Mars

The Billboard by John N.Klohr

Davy Jones's Locker by H.W.Petrie

Sweet Annie Moore by John H.Flynn

Tobermory by Harry Lauder

I've Grown So Used to You by Chattaway

Coon! Coon! Coon! by L.Friedman & G.Jefferson

Mighty Lak' a Rose by F.Stanton & E.Nevin

A Signal from Mars by E.T.Paull

New Inventions since last census:

1892 - Diesel Engine (Rudolf Diesel - Germany)

1893 - Dishwasher (Josephine Cochran - USA)

1895 - Wireless Telegraphy (G. Marconi - Italy)

1895 - X-Ray (Wilhelm C. Roentgen - Germany)

1898 - Tape Recorder (Valdemar Poulson - Denmark)

1899 - Aspirin (Felix Hoffman - Germany)

1899 - Paper Clip (Johann Vaaler - Norway)

Modern, efficient, clean and glamorous

Z-type tram model

The arrival of the electric-powered tram on London's streets has brought classless public transport to the masses.

A model of the Z-type elctric tram from 1901 can be seen in the image.


Sunderland AFC

English League: 1900-1901

1st - Liverpool, 2nd - Sunderland AFC

English League: 1901-1902

1st - Sunderland AFC, 2nd - Everton

F.A. CUP 1901:

Champions: Tottenham H.

Runner-up: Sheffield Utd.

Top Gear

Panhard B2

Panhard & Levassor are proud to introduce their revolutionary new model, the B2. It is the first car to use the System Panhard front-engine, rear-drive method.

Picasso Exhibition

Picasso painting of a Child with a Dove

The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens in Paris on June 24th.

The bold contours and simplified modelling of a Child with a Dove reflect the influence of artists such as Gauguin and Cezanne.

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