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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Street Parade, H. Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: MM 112511

Summary:
Mounted stereograph showing an unidentified float taking part in the Trades Procession along Elizabeth Street on 1 May 1901. It is part of the G. H. Myers Collection which consists of 73 photographs taken by Godfrey Henry Myers, an electrician and amateur photographer, in Melbourne during May 1901. 72 of these photographs depict preparations for the celebrations that surrounded Federation; all but one are glass stereographs.

The subsequent addition of 14 printed stereograph photographs compliments the existing holding of Myer's glass stereograph negatives. This collection represents Myers' one venture into commercial photography. It is significant for its images of the crowds, which do not feature so prominently in commercial photographs. The remaining photograph is a family portrait.

The opening of the Australian Parliament on 9 May 1901 was an occasion for great celebrations in Melbourne. Ten days of festivities (from 6-16 May) were planned to mark the Federation of the new nation and honour the Royal visitors, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. The city was transformed with decorations - flags, bunting, colourful lights and festive arches - and a series of public events were held, including a military tattoo and several street parades. Unprecedented numbers of people arrived in Melbourne from the rest of Victoria and throughout Australia to take part in the celebrations.
Description:
Black & white stereographic photograph mounted on cardboard backing printed with publisher details.
Description Of Content:
Unidentified Float, Trades Procession, Elizabeth Street, Federation Celebrations, Melbourne, 11 May 1901. The float is only partially visible on the left margin of the image, being drawn by a team of horses, while onlookers wearing felt hats watch on in the foreground. Mounted policemen wearing black helmets are visible in the background in front of the City of Melbourne bank of the south-east corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Debbie Harvey, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 179 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: celebrations, stereographs, photography, parades, melbourne landmarks, royal tours
Themes this item is part of: G.H. Myers Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: parades & street festivals
Inscriptions: Printed on backing rh margin: H. MYERS, Australian Series of Stereoscopic/ Views.
Printed on backing lh margin: Obtainable ONLY from/ H. MYERS, Publishers,/ TREVELYAN STREET, ELSTERNWICK./ Copy - Direct from Original Negative.
Format: Stereograph: Black & White
Photographer : Godfrey Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Date Depicted: 1901

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