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'.

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The German Citizens' Arch, Collins Street Melbourne, at the time of the Federation celebrations, May 1901. The Arch bears the inscription 'The German Citizens Hail the Commonwealth'. Photograph taken looking west along Collins Street from Swanston Street. On the right is Block Arcade and the City Mutual Life building [on the corner of Elizabeth and Collins Streets]. Cable tram tracks run along Collins Street. A Hansom cab is parked on the left hand side of the street and other horse drawn carriages are on the other side.

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

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