Summary

Two sepia stereographic prints mounted on card depicting children in costume marching across the Exhibition Oval, publisheh by George Rose, Melbourne.

The façade of the Exhibition Building is visible in the background with a large crowd of spectators gathered. This event was held at the Exhibition Oval on 11 May 1901 as part of a programme of events organised to celebrate the visit of the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York for the opening of the first Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901.

The opening of the Australian Parliament 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 children's fete, 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

A parade of children marching around the track of the Exhibition Oval.The façade of the Exhibition Building is visible in the background with a large crowd of spectators gathered.

Physical Description

Two almost identical sepia stereographic prints mounted on thick grey backing card carrying the name of George Rose, publisher.

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