Glass negative stereograph showing the Seamen's Union Float taking part in the Trades Procession along Elizabeth street on 1 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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Seamen's Union Float, Trades Procession, Elizabeth Street, Federation Celebrations, Melbourne, 11 May 1901. The float is an actual lifeboat with attached life buoys and is believed to belong to the Seaman's Union. The seaman are dressed in wet weather gear of oil skins and sou-westers. They carry upright oars and, unusually, sit facing the bow of the boat. The mounted police are wearing black helmets and all sport mustaches.

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