One of a set of 47 original photographs of the Australian Federation celebrations in Melbourne 1901 to mark the opening of the first Federal Parliament of Australia. The photographs trace the Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York for the occasion, from their arrival in Melbourne on the Royal Yacht 'Ophir' at St Kilda Pier on 6 May 1901 to their departure for Brisbane at Port Melbourne Railway Station on 19 May 1901. The photographs include scenes of the Federation Arches throughout Melbourne, Illuminated City Buildings,'The Opening of Parliament', 'German, Russian, Dutch and American cruisers at Port Melbourne', 'Royal Review at Flemington Racecourse', 'Royal Yacht Ophir and British War Ships', 'The Russian Cruiser Cromoboi...' and 'State School Fetes at the Exhibition Building'.

Description of Content

Mounted soldiers in uniform marching past the royal pavilion of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, during the Federation celebrations, May 1901, The royal party is standing in front of the pavilion alongside a group of mounted guards and police. The squadron of infantry is on parade along the track proper. In the foreground is a group of spectators, many holding umbrellas. One man is photographing the event, standing behind a hood over a view camera.

Physical Description

black and white, silver gelatin, photograph mounted on grey card.

More Information