Summary

This tin matchbox was manufactured as a souvenir to commemorate the centenary of European settlement of Melbourne and Victoria in 1934-35.

The Centenary of Victoria and Melbourne was celebrated with considerable energy in 1934 - 1935. For many people the celebrations marked the beginnings of better times after the 1930 Depression. As well as official souvenirs, patterns for a range of home made domestic souvenirs were available. Often they featured the skyline of Melbourne, and suggested the progress that had occurred in the last century. This commemorative piece emphasizes place through the outline of Australia, surmounted by an Aborigine holding a boomerang; the reverse shows a man, gun in hand, looking towards a mythical city (symbolic of Melbourne) rising with the sun. While there is no actual depiction of Melbourne or Victoria, the text makes the context clear.

Physical Description

U-shaped tin case, with transfer image with a cellulose acetate coating. Dark blue ground, with white panels on which are shown full-colour images. Images show outline of Australia, surmounted by an Aborigine holding a boomerang, and another boomerang above. The reverse shows a man, gun in hand, looking towards a mythical city rising with the sun.

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