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Glass Stereograph Negative - Federation Celebrations, Illuminated War Ships, by G.H. Myers, Port Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: MM 067569

Glass negative stereograph showing Illuminated Ships anchored off Port Melbourne. 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.
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On 13 May 1901, 14 warships from Britain, America, Russia, Holland, Germany and Australia were anchored off Port Melbourne. That night the ships were illuminated in the last big public event of the Federation celebrations. Ships included The Brooklyn, Gromoboi, Hansa, Kormoran, Noordbrabant, Ophir, Cerberus and Protector. The illuminations, the bands, and the singing and dancing by the Russian sailors, reputedly attracted an excited crowd of a quarter of a million.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Geoffrey Walker, 2001
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, lighting, marine transport, royal visits, royalty, shipping, ships, water transport
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, G.H. Myers Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: [Illuminated Ships]
Organisations Depicted: Uss Brooklyn; Gromoboi; 'Ophir'
Format: Glass Stereograph Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Photographer: Godfrey Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Ship Depicted: Gromoboi, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Ship Depicted: USS Brooklyn, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy (RN), Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
References: Geoffrey Walker, 2000. "A City of Enchanted Palaces. The Federation Celebrations in Melbourne. May 1901." Unpublished.
  1. [Manuscript] Walker, Geoffrey. A City of Enchanted Palaces. The Federation Celebrations in Melbourne. May 1901. (unpublished).

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