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Glass Stereograph Negative - Federation Celebrations, Horse Race, by G.H. Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Image Reg. No: MM 056215

Summary:
Glass negative stereograph depicting a horse race. 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:
Horse race, Federation celebrations, Melbourne, 1901. Possibly Flemington Racecourse. A horse and its jockey are racing near the wooden barrier. The jockey is wearing a peaked cap, multicoloured silks, white moleskins and calf-high riding boots.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Geoffrey Walker, 2001
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, celebrations, horse racing, horses, royal visits, royalty
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, G.H. Myers Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: [Horse Race]
Organisations Depicted: Flemmington Race Course
Format: Glass Stereograph Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Photographer: Godfrey Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Bibliography:
  1. [Manuscript] Walker, Geoffrey. A City of Enchanted Palaces. The Federation Celebrations in Melbourne. May 1901. (unpublished).

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