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Glass Stereograph Negative - Federation Celebrations, Book Binders Float, by G.H. Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Reg. No: MM 050697
- Glass negative stereograph depicting of the Book Binders Float from the Trades Procession, which took place on 11 May 1901. It is part of the G. H. Myers Collection which consists of 73 photographs taken by Godfrey Henry Myers, an electrician and amateur photographer, in Melbourne during May 1901. 72 of these photographs depict preparations for the celebrations that surrounded Federation; all but one are glass stereographs. This collection represents Myers' one venture into commercial photography. It is significant for its images of the crowds, which do not feature so prominently in commercial photographs. The remaining photograph is a family portrait.
The opening of the Australian Parliament on May 9 1901 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:
- Book Binders Float, Trades Procession, Federation Celebrations, Collins Street, Melbourne 11 May 1901. Over the heads of the crowd can be seen four white horses pulling a wooden wheeled wagon. The wagon has an enormous bound book as its floor on which a copy of the Citizens' Arch has been constructed out of bound volumes. Under the arch sits a woman holding a scroll representing learning. To the left is the Town Hall clock. To the right is a largely empty fee-paying viewing stand. The unofficial Australian flag being flown overhead is without the large star of the Commonwealth; this was acquired on 3 September 1901. The German Arch is in the background.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr Geoffrey Walker, 2001
|Tagged with:||australian federation 1901, celebrations, royal visits, royalty|
|Themes this item is part of:||Public Life & Institutions Collection, G.H. Myers Collection|
|Primary Classification:||PUBLIC EVENTS|
|Tertiary Classification:||images (to be classified)|
|Original Caption:||Trade Bookbinders|
|Organisations Depicted:||Melbourne Town Hall|
|Format:||Glass Stereograph Negative: Black & White|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901|
|Photographer:||Godfrey Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901|