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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York Leaving the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960822

Summary:
Two sepia stereographic prints mounted on card depicting the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York leaving the Exhibition Building in an open horse-drawn carriage after the opening of the first Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901, pubilshed by George Rose, Melbourne. The southern façade of the Exhibition Building takes up the background and is decorated with bunting and flags.

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:
Two almost identical sepia stereographic prints mounted on thick grey backing card carrying the name of George Rose, publisher.
Description Of Content:
The Duke & Duchess of Cornwall and York leaving the Exhibition Building in an open horse-drawn carriage after the opening of the first Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901. They are accompanied by liveried attendants and escorted by mounted soldiers. The southern façade of the Exhibition Building takes up the background and is decorated with bunting and flags. The Royal carriage is passing through a guard of honour formed by the Victorian cadets.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from (Estate of) Gertrude Parr, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.20 cm (Height), 17.80 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, politics, royal exhibition building, royal visits, souvenirs, royalty british, photography, exterior views, royal exhibition building history of events 1900-1949
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), HM Queen Mary (1867-1953)
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Text: 3034 Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne/The Duke and Duchess leaving the Exhibitions.; Sold only by/ GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER /Melbourne.; ROSE'S STERESCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 09 May 1901
Person Depicted: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 09 May 1901

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