Summary

Colour invitation to the Royal Review held at Flemington racecourse on Friday 10 May 1901, includes images of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York and four scenes of the racecourse, produced by the Government of Victoria as part of the Australian Commonwealth Celebrations. The invitation was made out to Professor WB Spencer MA and Mrs Spencer.

The invitation was printed by Sands and McDougall Ltd, Melbourne.

Physical Description

Printed colour invitation on card with printed black and white photographic images set into the border. The border is vividly decorated with flags, shields and a large coat of arms. The photographic images depict various scenes of Flemington in Melbourne, in addition to two separate portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. Illustrations of military servicemen on foot and horseback flank the central block of text.

Significance

The invitations is an important addition to the collection related to the Federation celebrations in Melbourne. This collection is a significant subsection of the Museum's Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Australia's only World Heritage built structure.
The majority of events represented by the invitations were held at the Royal Exhibition Building, which was the home of the first Federal Parliament of Australia, until 1927 when it was transferred to the new Parliament House in Canberra. Whilst the Museum already has a few examples of these invitations, it is desirable to acquire several more examples, which will be used as change-overs for those proposed for use in the new Melbourne Exhibition (which will be displayed for the first two years of the exhibition.

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