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Invitation - Opening of Federal Parliament, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Document Reg. No: SH 960812

Summary:
Framed coloured invitation to Mr. and Mrs. J. Leek to witness the opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth from Prime Minister, Edmund Barton on 9th May 1901. Manufactured by Sands and McDougall and designed by Tom Carrington.
Description:
Framed coloured invitation to Mr. and Mrs. J. Leek to witness the opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth from Prime Minister, Edmund Barton on 9th May 1901. Invitation cites Kipling's Commonwealth Ode. The image, produced by Sands and McDougall Limited, Melbourne, shows a young woman, with armour and sword, dismounting from a white horse in front of an older woman who has a crown in front of her. Several other women look on. The room is hung with heraldic bunting and shields, including one of the Union Jack and one showing the Southern Cross. The older woman is dressed as Britannia, and her shield and trident are at rest beside her. The six young women looking on possibly represent the six States.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Paul Clarkson
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 33.00 cm (Height), 40.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, ceremonies, politics, queen victoria, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: invitations
Inscriptions: Printed text: "His Majesty's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth of Australia/request the honour of the presence of Mr. & Mrs. J. Leek/in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on Thursday, 9th May, 1901, to witness/the Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth./Edmund Barton,/Prime Minister."
Designer: Mr Tom Carrington, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Publisher: Sands & McDougall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
References: The Weekly Times, March 30, 1901, p. 12. Refers to the designer Tom Carrington

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