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Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the decorations in Sturt Street, Ballarat, in honour of 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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Decorations in Sturt Street, Ballarat, in honour of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on 13 May 1901. The street is hung with bunting from one side of the street to the other and flags fly from the buildings. A tramline runs down the centre of the street, and groups of people walk away from the camera. In the foreground, a man and woman walk away from the camera pushing a wicker-style pram. A shop front sign in the background reads 'Skene's Chemist'.

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