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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Eight Hour Day Procession, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960837

Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show a street procession on Bourke St, Melbourne, to celebrate the Eight Hour Day in 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 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.
Description Of Content:
A street procession on Bourke St, Melbourne, to celebrate the Eight Hour Day in May 1901. The leading horse-drawn float depicts a brick bakery. Two men in long white aprons and white caps stand at the front. A large group of bakers, also in white aprons, walk behind. Bourke St is decorated with festive bunting and flags and a large crowd is gathered on either side of the roadway to watch the procession. A succession of floats follow behind.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from (Estate of) Gertrude Parr, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.20 cm (Height), 17.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: 8 hours day celebrations, australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, royal visits, souvenirs, making history - eight hour day
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Text: 2927 Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne./ Eight Hours' Procession, Bourke Street, Slaves no Longer.; Sold only by/ GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER/ Melbourne.; ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT.
On float: 888 SLAVES NO LONGER
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Publisher: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901

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