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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Chinese Procession & Queen's Arch, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960825

Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images depict the Queen's Arch on Collins Street and a Chinese procession passing underneath.

The opening of the Australian Parliament 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 Of Content:
The Queen's Arch on Collins Street and a Chinese procession passing underneath. The Arch is highly decorative. It is topped with a Royal Crown underneath which stands a statue of Queen Victoria. There are spires on either side. A traditional Chinese dragon is passing underneath the Arch with attendants walking on either side dressed in traditional costume. A large crowd is gathered on either side of Collins St to watch the procession.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from (Estate of) Gertrude Parr, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.20 cm (Height), 17.80 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, chinese communities, civic mementoes, royal visits, souvenirs
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Text: 2864 Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne./ Chinese Procession and the Queen's Arch, Collins Street; ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT.; Sold only by/ GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER/ Melbourne.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Publisher: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Named: HM Queen Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901

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