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 Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York leaving Melbourne from Port Melbourne railway station at the end of the Federation Celebrations, bound for Brisbane, Queensland, 19th May, 1901. The duke is seen stepping down from the carriage into the railway station platform surrounded by a mounted guard of honour. British and Australian flags adorn the railway station building. In the background is Railway Pier with visiting cruisers from other countries taking part in the celebrations.

Physical Description

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

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