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Stereograph - The American Fleet in Australia, Maypole Dance, Exhibition Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, 1908 Image Reg. No: SH 960488

Photographer: George Rose, Publisher, Melbourne, 1908

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick card depicting the Maypole Dance at the State Schools' Demonstration, Exhibition Oval, Melbourne.

These celebrations were part of the visit of the American Naval Fleet to Melbourne in 1908. For information on the visit of the American Fleet, see Supp File No.392.
Two almost identical sepia stereographs mounted on thick brown card. The images show girls maypole dancing on the Exhibition Oval, to celebrate the American Fleets visit to Australia in 1908. The west side of the Exhibition Building is visible in the background. Umbrellas raised in the crowd suggest it may have been raining during this event. The girls are wearing either white or black dresses with black stockings. A large crowd is assembled to watch the performance.
Description Of Content:
Spectactors uner umbrellas in the foreground which the Maypole Dance at the State Schools' Demonstration, Exhibition Oval, Melbourne, held to commemorate the visit of the American Naval Fleet to Melbourne in 1908.
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.75 cm (Height), 17.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: celebrations, civic mementoes, government schools, great white fleet, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, united states fleet visit to melbourne 1908, united states navy
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Text: 12892 THE AMERICAN FLEET IN AUSTRALIA. State Schools' Demonstration,/Exhibition Oval, Melbourne. The Maypole Dance. COPYRIGHT, 1908. PUBLISHER/Melbourne. ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/COPYRIGHT. SYDNEY, WELLINGTON & LONDON.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Publisher: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908 or later
References: See D Dunstan, 'Victorian Icon', pp307-309 & 'The Australian Antique Collector', Dec 1998 - June 1999, p161.

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