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Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the Duke's Arch on Lydiard St, Ballarat, erected for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on 13 May 1901. While in Ballarat, the Royal party also visited the South Star Gold Mine.

The opening of the Australian Parliament was an occasion for great celebrations in Victoria. 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 of Melbourne was transformed with decorations - flags, bunting, colourful lights and festive arches - and a series of public events were held, including a military tattoo, several street parades and a visit to Ballarat where similar decorations were put up to mark the occasion.

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The Duke's Arch on Lydiard Street, Ballarat, erected for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on 13 May 1901. The single span Arch is decorated with festive bunting and flags. Large portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York hang from each support. A large group of people are gathered in the street, most are wearing hats and coats.

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