Letter addressed to the Town Clerk of Richmond, encouraging the council to purchase copies of a souvenir publication, 'To Mark the Birth of the Australian Nation', for distribution to school children in the district. The publication features photographs from celebrations in Sydney on 1 January 1901, when Australia became a federated nation.

Physical Description

Letter printed in black ink on a white paper. Printed top left hand corner with company name, top right hand corner company's address and date. There is a purple stamp that indicates the date the letter was received.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Royal Exhibition Building Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions, Royal Exhibition Building

  • Acquisition Information

    Cultural Gifts Donation from Susan Lancaster, 05 May 2015

  • Advertiser

    E. Whitehead & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 Jan 1901

  • Person Commemorated

    HM Queen Victoria, United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland, 1901

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: Top Left corner: E. WHITEHEAD & CO.,/ STATIONERS, LITHOGRAPHERS, / & GENERAL PRINTERS. Top Right corner: 238 COLLINS STREET,/ MELBOURNE, / JANUARY 31ST, 1901. Central: Rec'd 6 FEB; To mark the Birth of the Australian Nation. / We herewith enclose a Sample Copy of Booklet issued/ by us in Commemoration of the Inauguration of the Commonwealth/ of Australia, held recently at Sydney. / It contains 14 Views, with Two Coloured Pages of the / Visiting Imperial Troops, a copy of Rudyard Kipling's poem: "The / Young Queen," and Members of the Ministry. / This we would suggest would be an Interesting Souvenir / to present to the School Children of your district, as it contains, / in addition to what is above mentioned, a copy of the Proclamation issued by Her Majesty Queen Victoria but a short period before / her death. / The Booklet also contains a recent Portrait of Her late / Majesty Queen Victoria, the Governor- General and Lady Hopetoun, etc. / We are prepared to supply copies of these, with a / suitable inscription printed on the inside of the corner, at a special / rate, viz.:- 100 at 4 1\2d. each. 250 at 4d. each /500 at 3 1\2d. ', 100 at 3d. ' / 5000 at 2 3\4d. each. / We shall be glad if you will kindly bring the matter before the Mayor and Councillors. / We remain, / Yours truly, / E. WHITEHEAD & CO./ (handwritten) The Town Clerk / Richmond

  • Classification

    Public events, Federation, Promotional materials

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    210 mm (Width), 260.5 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Queen Victoria, Queen Victoria's Death, 1901, Advertising, Souvenirs, Stationers, Local Government