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G.H. Myers Collection

Stereograph - Glass, Illuminated Exhibition Building, Federation Celebrations, 1901

Image: Stereograph - Glass, Illuminated Exhibition Building, Federation Celebrations, 1901

Source: Museum Victoria

The G.H. Myers collection consists of 73 photographs taken by Godfrey Henry Myers, an electrician and amateur photographer working in Melbourne at the turn of the 20th century. Seventy two of the photographs chronicle public festivities in Melbourne during the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York for the opening of the first commonwealth parliament of Australia in May 1901. The remaining photograph is a family portrait.

All but one of the photographs are glass stereographs.

The G.H. Myers collection represents Myers' one venture into commercial photography. Faced with stiff competition from professional stereograph publishers (including George Rose and J.A. Sears) Myers' project failed to make a profit. He made no further attempts to break into this market, but continued to take family photographs.

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