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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Officer's Mess Tent, Royal Park, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960842

Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images depict the interior of the Officer's Mess Tent at the military camp at Royal Park. The military camp was associated with the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York to Australia in 1901 for the opening of the first Federal Parliament on 9 May.

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:
Interior of the Officer's Mess Tent at the military camp at Royal Park. The tables are set in rows, and are laid with white cloths, china crockery and silver cutlery. Serviettes are arranged in the wine glasses and there are flowers in vases. Framed paintings hang from the tent poles. Waiting staff in formal black and white with white aprons stand in the background.
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, australian military forces, celebrations, civic mementoes, public parks, 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: 2852 Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne/ The Officer's Mess Tent at the Camp, Royal Park; Sold only by/ GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER/ Melbourne.; ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Park, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Publisher: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901

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