Testimonial addressed to Colonel William John Ferris from the Parramatta Council, dated 27th August 1901. It thanks Ferris for his past three years service in the New South Wales Parliament which practically heralded the Commonwealth of Australia, and requests that he accept a 'Purse of Sovereigns'.

Part of a collection of photographs and documents relating to William John Ferris (1855-1917). Ferris was born in Parramatta, he married in 1885 and had one daughter and three sons. From 1883 he was an Alderman of Parramatta Council, being elected Mayor in 1890 and 1896. In July 1898 he was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly as the member for Parramatta, he lost his seat in June 1901.

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Beautifully coloured document with text in calligraphy, signed by six individual subscribers from Parramatta Council. Hand-written address glued to backing card.


This is part of a complete set of invitations to Federation Celebrations held in Sydney and Melbourne, January and May 1901. The invitations are addressed to Mr William John Ferris, MLA. The suite of invitations provides a rare overview of Federation events: from inauguration of the Commonwealth on 1 January 1901, including an invitation to the swearing-in of Australia’s first governor-general, Lord Hopetoun, and to the opening of the first parliament on 9 May 1901.

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