This booklet was produced as a souvenir of the ceremonies and celebrations associated with the Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia in May 1901.

The opening of Parliament on 9 May 1901 was an occasion for great celebrations in Melbourne. Ten days of festivities (from 6-16 May) were planned to mark the Federation of the new nation and honour the Royal visitors, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. The city was transformed with decorations - flags, bunting, colourful lights and festive arches - and a series of public events were held, including a military tattoo and several street parades. Unprecedented numbers of people arrived in Melbourne from the rest of Victoria and throughout Australia to take part in the celebrations.

This booklet contains many images of these events and decorations.

Physical Description

Booklet of black and white photographs on nine double-sided pages of white glossy paper. The front cover is missing. The images all relate to events held to celebrate the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York 6-16 May 1901. Each page is decorated with a grey scrolled frame. The first page contains photographic portraits of the first Federal ministry with the Scales of Justice at the top of the page.

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