Colour invitation sent to Mr and Mrs JL Menzies. The invitation is to the Royal Review held at Flemington racecourse on Friday 10 May 1901. It was printed by Sands & McDougall.

The Menzies were on the official guest list for the celebrations surrounding the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia. John Menzies (1859-1948) founded the stock and share broking firm 'Menzies and Moule' and was a member of the Stock Exchange committee (1893-1900).

Physical Description

The coloured invitation is printed onto card with a mount. The invitation is brightly coloured, with black and white images of the event and the royal visit in each of the four corners. There is a head-and-shoulders image of the Duke and the Duchess of Cornwall and York. A coat of arms is at the top of the invitation, and there are coloured drawings of an infantry man and a mounted soldier on the left, and a sailor with a mounted soldier on the right. At the bottom appear a series of flags, against a backdrop of cannon, swords and bayonets. Shields of the States of Australia also form part of the design. Black and white photographs show a scene from the lawn at Flemington, a group of men relaxing possibly outside the members' stand, the arrival of carriages outside the Maribyrnong Stand, and another group of picnicking men. The invitation was produced by Sands & McDougall Limited, Melbourne. The coloured section of the invitation is bordered in white, green and grey/gold, and colours in the invitation include red, green gold, white, yellow, blue, khaki and brown.

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