I am sick of all this horrid business, of
politics and Europe in general, and think you will hear some day of
my going with the children to live in Australia, and to think of Europe
as of the moon -- Queen Victoria, in her journal, May 1860, as a reflection on turning 41 years old.
The young colony would have been delighted, I am sure, as this expression of imperial might and beneficence on the 1866 GPO building in Sydney shows.