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Invitation - Conversazione in the Exhibition Building, Federation Celebrations, 1901 Document Reg. No: SH 881188

Coloured invitation printed on card to a Conversazione, an evening event held in the Exhibition Building on the evening of Tuesday 7 May 1901 as part of the Australian Commonwealth Celebrations. The invitation was sent to Mr and Mrs I. Loxton Menzies.

The invitation was designed by GBH Austin and was printed by Sands & McDougall Ltd. Austin's original design is in the Watson papers at the National Library of Australia.

George Brougham Hubert Austin (1859 -1921) was a Melbourne architect and artist who was employed for many years by the Victorian Department of Public Works where he designed the La Trobe Street Courts. He also designed many of the public decorations that festooned Melbourne during the Federation celebrations in 1901.
The invitation shows an etching of the Exhibition Building, surrounded by an ornate border of heraldic shields, portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, views of Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart, and native flora (including wattle, waratah, pink heath, Sturt's desert pea, and flannel flower), and native fauna (kookaburra, possum, lyre bird, cockatoo & koala). The royal crest 'Dieu et mon droit' and the Australian crest 'Advance Australia' are also included.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Appleby - St John's Homes for Boys & Girls, 1988
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 30.50 cm (Height), 36.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, civic life, civic mementoes, public institutions, souvenirs, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: invitations
Inscriptions: Printed: UNITED AUSTRALIA 1901/ ONE FLAG/ ONE HOPE/ ONE DESTINY; AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH CELEBRATIONS/ THE GOVERNMENT OF VICTORIA requests the honor of the presence of/ / at a Conversazione in the Exhibition Building on the Evening of Tuesday 7th May 1901 at 8 P.M.

Handwritten: Mr & Mrs I.L. Menzies
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Artist: George Austin - Department of Public Works, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Printer: Sands & McDougall Limited, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Issued To: Mr John Menzies, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Place & Date Used: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
References: Argus, Wednesday 8 May 1901. Official program is held in the National Library collection. See also Punch, May 9, 1901, p.543.

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