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Invitation - Reception for Duke & Duchess of Cornwall and York, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 9 May 1901 Document Reg. No: SH 881191

Highly-coloured invitation to an evening reception at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901, to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York following the opening of the first Federal Parliament. The invitation was sent to Mr and Mrs I. Loxton Menzies.
Highly embossed, colour invitation. A figure of Britannia, in red dress and mailed vest holding a shield like the Union Jack, is on the left of the invitation; she reaches out her hand towards a younger female figure, representing Australia, who is dressed in blue and holds a shield which is white with a blue cross decorated with stars. There is a scroll in the centre of the certificate, and a border of vines. The royal crest is at the base of the certificate.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Appleby - St John's Homes for Boys & Girls, 1988
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 37.00 cm (Height), 31.30 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic mementoes, public institutions, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Our Federation Journey - Links & Resources
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: invitations
Inscriptions: IN CELEBRATION/ OF THE/ OPENING/ PARLIAMENT of the COMMONWEALTH/ OF AUSTRALIA/ To meet Their Royal Highnesses/ The DUKE and DUCHESS of CORNWALL &/ YORK/ His Majesty's/ MINISTERS of STATE for AUSTRALIA/ have the honor to invite/ / to an Evening Reception at the/ Exhibition Building MELBOURNE,/ on the 9th of May 1901, at 8 o'clock.
Signed lower right hand corner: Julian & Howard/ Ashton. Deli

Invitation made out in hand to: Mr. & Mrs. J.L. Menzies
Addressed To: Mr & Mrs I Menzies, Australia, 9 May 1901
Printer: Sands & McDougall Limited, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Place & Date Used: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 May 1901

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