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Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the entrance to the South Star Gold Mine, Ballarat, on the occasion of the visit of the Duke of Cornwall and York on 13 May 1901.

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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Entrance to the South Star Mine, Ballarat, on the occasion of the visit of the Duke of Cornwall and York on 13 May 1901. On the left is a weather board office building. The verandah has been decorated in bunting, ribbon and flags. Mounted police wait at the entrance. An open horse-drawn carriage stands at the entrance, with a line of horse-drawn cabs behind. A large group of onlookers wait nearby. The workings of the mine and a large mullock heap are visible in the background.

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