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photo- Senate mace

Where is it in the Parliament Buildings?

When the Senate is sitting, the Mace is placed in the Chamber on the Clerk's Table. It rests on the table with its crown pointing in the direction of the throne.

What does it represent?

The Mace symbolizes royal authority, parliamentary privilege and the authority of the Senate and the Speaker. Made of brass and gold, the 1.6-metre Mace dates from the mid-19th century and is carried into the Chamber during the Speaker’s Parade, which starts and ends each sitting of the Senate.

What is it made of?

The Mace is made of brass with gold-plated sections. It is decorated with the emblems of England, Scotland, France and Ireland.

Did you know?

Following the fire of 1916, which destroyed the original Mace of the House of Commons, a replica was made of wood. During the few days it took to carve it, the House of Commons borrowed the Senate Mace.

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