Postcard - Commonwealth, One People, One Empire, One Destiny, Melbourne, 1901 Reg. No: SH 860314
- This postcard was created as a souvenir of Federation. It is postmarked Melbourne, and dated Friday 22 February.
Australia became a nation when the six self-governing colonies united in 1901. The Commonwealth of Australia was inaugurated on 1 January 1901 in Centennial Park, Sydney. In March, elections were held for the new Federal Parliament, and in May the celebrations focused on Melbourne where the first Federal Parliament was opened in the Royal Exhibition Building.
- Postcard with Melbourne postmark. Postcard has printed image of the federation crest with portrait roundels of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Cornwall and York and Lord Hopetoun. There is a handwritten message on one side and an address on the other.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs S. Kirby, 1986
|Dimensions:||13.30 cm (Height), 8.80 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, royalty british, souvenirs, making history - federation|
|Themes this item is part of:||Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), John Adrien Louis Hope, Governor of Victoria & Governor-General of Australia (1860-1908)|
|Primary Classification:||PUBLIC EVENTS|
|Tertiary Classification:||promotional materials|
|Inscriptions:||Printed on obverse: COMMONWEALTH/ ONE PEOPLE/ ONE EMPIRE/ ONE DESTINY
Handwritten on obverse: Friday Feb 22nd/ Dear Mrs. K./ Kindly call/ as soon as/ convient (sic)/ at Clifton St/ South Yarra/ To see a very old friend/ from the country/ with love from S. Page.
Printed on reverse: THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE/ WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE/ POSTCARD/ THIS CARD MAY PASS THROUGH THE POST WITHOUT ADDITIONAL/ POSTAGE TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING COLONIES, NAMELY/ NEW SOUTH WALES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND, TASMANIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND FIJI.
Handwritten on reverse: Mrs T. Kirby/ 110 Napier Street/ Fitzroy
|Format:||Postcard: Black & White|
|Person Depicted:||HM Queen Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 22 Feb 1901|
|Person Depicted:||HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Australia, 22 Feb 1901|
|Person Depicted:||Right Honourable John Hopetoun, Australia, 22 Feb 1901|
|Date Used:||Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 22 Feb 1901|