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Digital Photograph - Primary School Children Performing May Pole Routine, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont, 1954 Image Reg. No: MM 110349

Description Of Content:
Children performing en masse maypole routine in a stadium, with spectators in stands.

This photograph shows the formation of maypoles in Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1954. The contributor's mother was one of the teachers in this pageant of Melbourne school children for the Queen's Visit. The Queen drove around the perimeter of the Melbourne Cricket Ground whilst the children performed their maypole routine.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Glenys Esperson, 2006
Contributed by Mrs Glenys Esperson
Discipline: History

More information

Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Royal Visits
Tertiary Classification: performances
Original Caption: M.C.G 1955 / Queens Visit Parade / Teacher - Vida Hamilton was / involved.
Inscriptions: M.C.G 1955 / Queens Visit Parade / Teacher - Vida Hamilton was / involved. [inscritption bears incorrect date]
People Depicted: unknown children
Organisations Depicted: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Jolimont, Victoria, Australia, 1954

Source of Date Depicted: Date of Queen Elizabeth II's first visit to Melbourne.
Photographer: Mrs Glenys Esperson


Walter Jennings Posted on 08 Feb 2011 8:08 PM
I was a participant in this event and the date was March 4th 1954.

The date shown here is not correct
discovery centre Posted on 10 Feb 2011 4:22 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Walter, thanks for informing us of the correct dates of this event. We have had a look at the history of the Queen’s visits to Melbourne and you are right, this event did take place in 1954. We have updated our records however please note that the amendments may take a few weeks to appear online. Thanks again for your contribution to our records.
Nancy Posted on 23 May 2012 4:58 PM
I was also a participant in this event - seem to recall that we were all dressed in pink.
Glenys Best (nee Anderson) Posted on 15 Aug 2012 5:14 PM
I participated in this event at the MCG and danced the Maypole, still have my photo in my white dress.
Anne Latham Posted on 02 Jul 2013 9:54 PM
I also participated in the Maypole dancing at the MCG all those years ago! The dresses were white Nancy with white material flowers on the dress and in our hair.I still have my photo too Glenys.
Carolyn Lorenz nee Green Posted on 03 Jan 2014 8:45 PM
I also participated in the maypole dancing all those years ago. I was from Coburg West Primary School and the colours were purple and gold.
Greg Tuer Posted on 25 Apr 2014 12:40 PM
Yes the colours were purple & gold but also green.
Brenda Posted on 06 Jul 2014 8:34 PM
Does anyone know if the maypole was proformed any other time at the MCG
Brenda Posted on 06 Jul 2014 8:39 PM
Does anyone know if the maypole was performed any other time at the MCG
I think the Queen Mother came out when I was in High School and was at the MCG
Irene Jarvis (nee Jerzyk) Posted on 12 Nov 2014 8:13 PM
I also participated in the maypole dancing at the MCG. I remember we had coloured fabric rolled up on top of our dresses and at some point in time we undid the tie and created different colours to be seen from the stands.
J. Brown Posted on 15 Nov 2014 4:04 PM
I also participated in a pink muslin dress with pale aqua top which was rolled down to create flowers for audience. I still have my dress.
Jock Burrowes Posted on 01 Dec 2014 4:37 PM
I was there and had a golliwog costume. My memory is of dried sandwiches in a yellow tin during practice. I was 9 years old and there was a Karen in my group.

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