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Invitation - Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia, Victoria, 9 May 1901 Document Reg. No: SH 881189

Summary:
Invitation to the Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia, 9 May 1901. The invitation was sent to Mr and Mrs I. Loxton Menzies.

The invitation was designed by John Longstaff and Norman Lindsay. The Weekly Times, 16 March 1901, described the invitation: 'The design is severely classical, and inspired with the motive of conveying a due sense of the greatness and dignity of this historic event.'
Description:
White card invitation of an engraving in several colours. Contains symbolic female figures and coat of arms representing the British and Australian Commonwealth. Central figure, seated, represents Justice. At her feet a crown and scepter are laid, 'to denote that the monarch will always acquiesce in laws passed by Parliament, provided they are just.' On the left appears a figure of Britannia, above the royal coat of arms and in front of the white cliffs of England; on the right is a female figure representing Australia, with one hand out-stretched and above the Australian Coat of Arms. Behind her is a pastoral scene; she stands beneath a gum tree. At the top is a border of waratahs; on the left is a border of oak. The six states are represented in shields at the bottom of the card.White card invitation of an engraving in several colours which contains symbolic female figures and coat of arms representing the British and Australian Commonwealths. Six State shields are also represented. The official invitation card, which was designed by John Longstaff and Norman Lindsay, shows a central figure, seated, representing Justice. At her feet a crown and sceptre are laid, 'to denote that the monarch will always acquiesce in laws passed by Parliament, provided they are just.' On the left appears a figure of Britannia, above the royal coat of arms and in front of the white cliffs of England; on the right is a female figure representing Australia, with one hand out-stretched and above the Australian coat of arms. Behind her is a pastoral scene; she stands beneath a gum tree. At the top is a border of waratahs; on the left is a border of oak. The six states are represented in shields at the bottom of the card. 'The design is severely classical, and inspired with the motive of convey ing a due sense of the greatness and dignity of this historic event.' (Weekly Times, March 16, 1901, p.14.)
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Appleby - St John's Homes for Boys & Girls, 1988
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 36.50 cm (Height), 29.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, ceremonies, civic life, politics, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, hello and how r u libb
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: invitations
Inscriptions: Printed: Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth/ by his Royal Highness/ The Duke of Cornwall and York.; The Government of Victoria/ requests the honour of the/ presence of .../At the Celebrations in Melbourne/ in connection with the Opening of the/ Parliament of the Commonwealth of/ Australia.

Handwritten on the dotted line: Mr and Mrs I. Loxton Menzies
Addressed To: Mr & Mrs I Menzies, Australia, 9 May 1901
Artist: Mr John Longstaff, Australia, 1901
Artist: Mr Norman Lindsay, Australia, 1901
Printer: Sands & McDougall Limited, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Place & Date Used: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 May 1901

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