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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Royal Party Leaving Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960820

Summary:
Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York leaving the Exhibition Building in an open horse-drawn carriage, with liveried attendants and escorted by mounted soldiers. This image was taken after the opening of the first Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901.

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 Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York leaving the Exhibition Building in an open horse-drawn carriage, with liveried attendants. They are escorted by mounted soldiers. Decorated poles line the roadway. The German fountain and part of the gardens are visible in the background. This image was taken after the opening of the first Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from (Estate of) Gertrude Parr, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.20 cm (Height), 17.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, politics, royal exhibition building, royal visits, souvenirs
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), HM Queen Mary (1867-1953)
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Printed at the bottom of each photo: 2876. Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne./The Duke and Duchess Leaving the Exhibition. /Sold only by/George Rose/ Publisher/Melbourne. ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/COPYRIGHT.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 09 May 1901
Person Depicted: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 09 May 1901

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