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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Empire Arch, Ballarat, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960853

Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the Empire Arch erected in Sturt Street, Ballarat, in honour of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on 13 May 1901. While in Ballarat, the Royal party also visited the South Star Gold Mine.

The opening of the Australian Parliament was an occasion for great celebrations in Victoria. 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 of Melbourne was transformed with decorations - flags, bunting, colourful lights and festive arches - and a series of public events were held, including a military tattoo, several street parades and a visit to Ballarat where similar decorations were put up to mark the occasion.
Description Of Content:
The Empire Arch erected in Sturt Street, Ballarat, in honour of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on 13 May 1901. Union Jacks fly from the top of the Arch. In the centre of the board at the top of the Arch is a representation of the Australian coat of arms. An emu and a kangaroo stand either side of a shield, which has an outline of Australia on it. The Arch is decorated with banners and scrolls. In the background, the bunting hung along Sturt Street is visible. In the foreground, small groups of people walk along the street. The shop front of Levy & Goddard, Fruit Merchants, is visible through the Arch.
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: australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, royal visits, souvenirs
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: 2942 Duke of York Celebrations, Ballaarat/ The Empire Arch, Sturt Street.; Sold only by/ GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER/ Melbourne.; ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Publisher: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901

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