Sandford Fleming was ten years old when the young Victoria (she was only 18) was crowned Queen of the British Empire. She was to reign for 63 years – a record of longevity! Under her rule, Great Britain experienced great prosperity and became the world’s greatest industrial power. Victoria’s dominion spread throughout the world.
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India were part of her Empire, to which a number of African countries and territories were added in the late nineteenth century. This period of economic growth, urban expansion and social upheaval is so significant that it is known by the Queen’s name as “the Victorian era”.