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Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show a street procession on Bourke St, Melbourne, to celebrate the Eight Hour Day in 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 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.

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A street procession on Bourke St, Melbourne, to celebrate the Eight Hour Day in May 1901. The leading horse-drawn float depicts a brick bakery. Two men in long white aprons and white caps stand at the front. A large group of bakers, also in white aprons, walk behind. Bourke St is decorated with festive bunting and flags and a large crowd is gathered on either side of the roadway to watch the procession. A succession of floats follow behind.

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