Glass negative stereograph showing a model of a ship taking part in the Trades Procession, Elizabeth Street, 11 May 1901. It is part of the G. H. Myers Collection which consists of 73 photographs taken by Godfrey Henry Myers, an electrician and amateur photographer, in Melbourne during May 1901. 72 of these photographs depict preparations for the celebrations that surrounded Federation; all but one are glass stereographs. This collection represents Myers' one venture into commercial photography. It is significant for its images of the crowds, which do not feature so prominently in commercial photographs. The remaining photograph is a family portrait.

The opening of the Australian Parliament on May 9 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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Memorial model of a ship, Trades Procession, Elizabeth Street, Federation Celebrations, 11 May 1901. The prize winning fully rigged model of a sailing boat is draped in a mourning for a recent shipwreck. The 'Federal' was a iron steamer which became wrecked in a storm somewhere near Ram Head, south west of Gabo Island. Donations for a fund for relatives of two ships which went down in the storm were collected. To the left of the image is the Town Hall tower and clock, to the right is a largely empty fee-paying viewing stand.

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