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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Children's Fete at the Exhibition Oval, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960819

Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the Children's Fete held at the Exhibition Oval on 11 May 1901. The Exhibition Building is just visible in the background.

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.
Description Of Content:
The Children's Fete held at the Exhibition Oval on 11 May 1901. In the foreground, a group of girls in white dresses with dark sashes and caps are standing in rows. Behind them, a larger group of similarly dresses girls are marching. They are watched by rows of boys in dark suits. In the background, a very large crowd of spectators is accommodated in stands. The oval is decorated with strings of flags. The Exhibition Building is just visible 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, celebrations, civic mementoes, government schools, royal exhibition building, 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: parades & street festivals
Inscriptions: Text: 2920 Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne./ Children's Fete at the Exhibition Oval; Sold only by/GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER/Melbourne.; ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT.
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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