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Stereograph - Federation Celebrations, Royal Carriage & Municipal Arch, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: SH 960841

Summary:
Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the Royal Carriage, carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, passing through the Municipal Arch on Princes Bridge, Melbourne, May 1901. The Duke and Duchess visited Australia to open the first Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901.

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:
The Royal Carriage, carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, passing through the Municipal Arch on Princes Bridge, Melbourne, May 1901. The Royal party are seated in an open horse-drawn carriage. They are esorted by mounted military officers in plumed helmets. A large crowd is gathered to watch the procession and many are waving their hats in the air. The Duke and Duchess visited Australia to open the first Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901.
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, politics, royal visits, souvenirs
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), Our Federation Journey - Celebrating with Arches
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Text: 2831 Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne./ The Royal Carriage Leaving the Municipal Arch, Princes Bridge.; ROSE'S STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS/ COPYRIGHT.; Sold only by/ GEORGE ROSE/ PUBLISHER/ Melbourne.
Format: Stereograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Publisher: George Rose, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901

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