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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Children's Fete at the Exhibition Oval, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 961163

Two sepia stereographic prints mounted on card depicting children in costume marching across the Exhibition Oval, publisheh by George Rose, Melbourne.

The façade of the Exhibition Building is visible in the background with a large crowd of spectators gathered. This event was held at the Exhibition Oval on 11 May 1901 as part of a programme of events organised to celebrate the visit of the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York for 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 children's fete, 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.
Two almost identical sepia stereographic prints mounted on thick grey backing card carrying the name of George Rose, publisher.
Description Of Content:
A parade of children marching around the track of the Exhibition Oval.The façade of the Exhibition Building is visible in the background with a large crowd of spectators gathered.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.70 cm (Height), 17.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, government schools, royal exhibition building, royal visits, souvenirs, children, ceremonies, exterior views, events, royal exhibition building history of events 1900-1949
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Text: 2996 Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne./ Children's Fete at the Exhibition Oval. Highland Children.; ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT; Sold only by/ GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER/ Melbourne.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901

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