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Invitation - Opening of Federal Parliament, 1901 Document Reg. No: SH 962071

Summary:
Coloured printed invitation to an evening reception held at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on the evening of 9 May 1901 at which the Duke and Duchess of York & Cornwall were in attendance. The design was produced by Sydney-based father and son artists, Julian and Howard Ashton, whose names appear in the lower right corner of the design.
Description:
Coloured printed invitation to an evening reception held at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne. The two women represent Britannia on the left, holding an oval shield emblazoned with the Union Jack, and Victoria on the right, holding a shield of the colony of Victoria; a blue cross against a white background and five stars representing the Southern Cross constellation. Oak-leaf foliate tendrils frame the design, while the British coat of arms depicting a lion and a unicorn is centered along the lower margin.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 23.00 cm (Width), 29.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, souvenirs, politics, australian federation 1901, royal exhibition building, ceremonies, civic life, australian federal parliament opening ceremony 1901
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: invitations
Inscriptions: Text: IN CELEBRATION/OF THE/OPENING/THE 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 honour to invite.....
Designer: Mr Julian & Howard Ashton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Printer: Sands & McDougall Limited, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Date Used: 1901

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