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Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne.

Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show a group of Fijian men in military uniform at drill practice, Royal Park.

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 group of Fijian men in military uniform at drill practice, Royal Park. The men are barefoot and their uniform is a long tunic style coat with a knee length sarong. They are holding bayonet rifles. Tents are visible in the background and a large crowd is gathered to watch the drill.

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