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Invitation - Display of Physical Education, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1954 Object Reg. No: HT 33726

Invitation issued by the Government of Victoria in honour of 'The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh' to watch a display of physical education by Victorian school children at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 4 March 1954.

Princess Elizabeth was en route to Australia in 1952 when she heard news that her father, King George VI, had died. Her trip was curtailed, but when she made it to Australia two years later she was now Queen Elizabeth II; this marked her visit as being particularly significant for it was the first by a reigning monarch. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's tour of Australia commenced in Sydney on 3 February and finished in Perth on 1 April 1954. It took in every capital city apart from Darwin, and over 70 country towns. The royal couple were in Victoria from 24 February to 9 March.
Light green card, printed on one side in black ink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Merrily Christensen, 2013
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 108 mm (Height), 153 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: sport, royal visit to australia 1954, schools, sports grounds, invitations
Themes this item is part of: HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921- ), HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Royal Visits
Tertiary Classification: invitations
Inscriptions: Printed on obverse: In Honour and in the Presence of Her Majesty/ The Queen and His Royal Highness/ The Duke of Edinburgh/ The Government of Victoria/ requests the pleasure of your company at a Display of/ Physical Education by Children of the Metropolitan State/ and Registered Schools on the Melbourne Cricket Ground/ Thursday, 4th March, 1954, at 11.45 a.m./ ENTER BY GATES 2, 4, 8, 12, 14
Person Named: HM Queen Elizabeth II, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Mar 1954
Person Named: HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Mar 1954
Place & Date of Event: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 4 Mar 1954

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