Stereograph showing a chinese procession under the Chinese Arch on Swanston Street, Melbourne, which took place in May 1901. The image was published by the photographer George Rose.

The opening of the Australian Parliament on 9th 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.

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Sepia coloured stereograph mounted on brown cardboard. Image shows Chinese procession, including a Chinese Dragon, passing under the Chinese arch on Swanston Street. Buildings in background with sign Nunan Bros(?) Furniture.

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Sepia coloured stereograph mounted on brown cardboard.

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