Where is it from?

Association locations map

Similar items over time

Invitation - Reception for Duke & Duchess of Cornwall, Federation Celebrations, 1901 Document Reg. No: SH 960221

Highly-coloured invitation to an evening reception at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901, to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York following the opening of the first Federal Parliament. The invitation was sent to Mr & Mrs Anthony Clota.

The invitation was designed by the artists Julian and Howard Ashton.
Highly embossed, colour invitation. A figure of Britannia, in red dress and mailed vest holding a shield like the Union Jack, is on the left of the invitation; she reaches out her hand towards a younger female figure, representing Australia, who is dressed in blue and holds a shield which is white with a blue cross decorated with stars. There is a scroll in the centre of the certificate, and a border of vines. The royal crest is at the base of the certificate.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Lola Waring, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 37.50 cm (Height), 31.50 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, nationalism, politics, royal exhibition building, making history - federation
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: invitations
Inscriptions: Text: IN CELEBRATION/ OF THE/ OPENING/ PARLIAMENT of the COMMONWEALTH/ OF AUSTRALIA/ To meet Their Royal Highnesses/ The DUKE and DUCHESS of CORNWALL &/ YORK/ His Majesty's/ MINISTERS of STATE for AUSTRALIA/ have the honor to invite/ / to an Evening Reception at the/ Exhibition Building MELBOURNE,/ on the 9th of May 1901, at 8 o'clock.
Signed lower right hand corner: Julian & Howard/ Ashton. Deli

Invitation made out in hand to: Mr & Mrs Anthony Clota
Artist: Mr Julian & Howard Ashton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Named: Anthony Clota, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Named: Mrs Clota, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Named: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Named: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Place & Date Used: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901


jojo Posted on 23 Nov 2009 2:49 PM
i didnt know that?
jojo Posted on 23 Nov 2009 3:06 PM
da dar
jojo Posted on 23 Nov 2009 3:09 PM

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No