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Booklet - The First Federal Parliament, Victoria, 1901 Document Reg. No: SH 961474

This booklet was produced as a souvenir of the ceremonies and celebrations associated with the Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia in May 1901.

The opening of Parliament on 9 May 1901 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.

This booklet contains many images of these events and decorations.
Booklet of black and white photographs on nine double-sided pages of white glossy paper. The front cover is missing. The images all relate to events held to celebrate the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York 6-16 May 1901. Each page is decorated with a grey scrolled frame. The first page contains photographic portraits of the first Federal ministry with the Scales of Justice at the top of the page.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.50 cm (Height), 15.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, politics, 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)
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: First page, 'THE FIRST FEDERAL MINISTRY' [Ext.text including names and portfolio of first Federal Ministry. Photographs are captioned throughout the booklet].
Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901

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