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Glass Stereograph Negative - Federation Celebrations, Royal Yacht 'Ophir' Berthed at Railway Pier, by G.H. Myers, Port Melbourne, Victoria, 1901 Reg. No: MM 055643
- Glass negative stereograph showing the Royal Yacht 'Ophir' anchored in Port Phillip Bay, with a longboat in the foreground. 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:
- Royal Yacht 'Ophir' and longboat. Federation Celebrations, Melbourne, May 1901. Painted white, the former mail liner had a broad royal blue stripe around the hull and two raked yellow funnels. The 14 oared longboat is carrying a naval officer and a distinguished guest.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr Geoffrey Walker, 2001
|Tagged with:||australian federation 1901, celebrations, 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|
|Tertiary Classification:||images (to be classified)|
|Original Caption:||Ships Ophir|
|Organisations Depicted:||Royal Yacht Ophir; Town Pier|
|Format:||Glass Stereograph Negative: Black & White|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901|
|Photographer:||Godfrey Myers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901|
|Ship Depicted:||Royal Navy (RN), Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901|