Summary

Stereograph of the Eight Hour Day procession held in 1901 during celebrations for the Duke of York's visit in 1901. The item is part of a collection of Rose Stereoscopic views (stereographs) relating to the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York to Melbourne and Sydney during the celebrations for the Federation of Australia in 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.

Description of Content

Street procession of a "Slaves No Longer" and "888" wagon, pulled along by Clydesdale Horses. Men in white aprons and caps are riding on the front of the wagon. The street is lined on both sides with crowds of people.

Physical Description

Rectangular, brown coloured card with reproduction photographic image attached to one side (with reference number and title). There are two identical, conjoined sepia images so that when the Stereograph is inserted on to the holder it can be viewed through the stereoscope. At either end of the backing card there is a printed decorative motif identifying 'George Rose' as the retailer of the object.

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