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Coach - State Landau, Hooper & Co, London, 1897 Object Reg. No: ST 033492

State landau coach made by Hooper & Co, London, about 1897. The vehicle, which had room for four passengers, was drawn by four horses, with postilion riders on the left-hand horses. The landau was used in official ceremonial processions including the opening of the first Federal Parliament in Melbourne on 9 May 1901, the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927, and the visit of the Duke of Gloucester in October 1934 for Victoria?s Centenary celebrations.

The landau was built in London and imported by Australia's first Governor-General, Lord Hopetoun. Melbourne's coach builders expressed their disappointment that an imported coach was used on such an important occasion.

In 1901, the undercarriage was painted vermilion and the body panels dark brown. The interior was a rich royal blue trimmed in blue Morocco leather, with the seal of Australia on each door. The current exterior paint scheme is black, with yellow and brown lining, and the Australian coat of arms is detailed on each door. The harness bears the Coat of Arms of Lord Denham, Governor-General of Australia from 1911-14.
State landau coach fitted with four hard rubber tyres, C-spring suspension and folding square leather hood. It also has a distinctive curved leather splasher or dashboard at the front and a rumble seat for a brakeman and footmen at the rear.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Transfer from Library Council of Victoria, 1973
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 223 cm (Height), 186 cm (Width), 425 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: melbourne centenary 1935, victoria centenary 1934-1935, royal visits, australian federation 1901, horsedrawn vehicles, coaches
Themes this item is part of: HRH King George V (1865-1936), HM Queen Mary (1867-1953), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, State Landau, Built by Hooper & Co of Haymarket, London, 1897
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Drawn Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: private coaches
Manufacturer: Hooper & Co Ltd, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1897
Place & Date of Event: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 May 1901
Person Named: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, May 1901
Person Named: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, May 1901
Person Named: HRH Albert Duke of York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Apr 1927
Person Named: HRH Henry Duke of Gloucester, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oct 1934 - Nov 1934

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