Summary

Framed coloured invitation to Mr Richard Frederich Toutcher M.L.A. and Mrs Toutcher to witness the opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth by the Prime Minister Edmund Barton on 9 May 1901. Invitation cites Kipling's Commonwealth Ode: Loyal she gave the greeting, royal she bowed her head, Crying 'Crown me, my Mother, and the old Queen stood and said, Blood of our foes on thy bridle and speech of our friends in thy mouth, How can I crown thee further, O Queen of the Sovereign South? Daughter no more but Sister, and doubly daughter so, Mother of many princes and child of the child I bore.

The image was designed by Tom Carrington and produced by Sands and McDougall Limited, Melbourne.

Cartoonist Tom Carrington's design shows Young Australia, fresh from battle, approaching Britannia for honour and acceptance. Toscin, a radical newspaper, disapproved: 'The spirit of blatant jingoism... has burst out in full vulgar virulence... It is a clumsy, tawdry picture ... inspired by Kipling's drivel on the Old Queen and the Young Queen'. The original watercolour on which this invitation was based is held in the Wordsworth Collection, Perth.

Description of Content

Printed colour invitation on card featuring an illustration of "The Young Queen" with and accompanying poem by Rudyard Kipling. The illustration depicts a yound queen on a white horse bowing before a a male dressed in Roman military costume. Sheilds depicting the Union Jack and Southern Cross are hung across the top of the room, above a screen of draped white fabric.A group of young women dressed in white classical costumes are gathered to the left of the scene. The composition is framed by architectural stone colums and arches, with invitation text printed on a white scroll above.

Physical Description

Printed colour invitation on card featuring an illustration of "The Young Queen" with and accompanying poem by Rudyard Kipling. The illustration depicts a young queen on a white horse bowing before a a male dressed in Roman military costume. Shields depicting the Union Jack and Southern Cross are hung across the top of the room, above a screen of draped white fabric.A group of young women dressed in white classical costumes are gathered to the left of the scene. The composition is framed by architectural stone columns and arches, with invitation text printed on a white scroll above.

Significance

SIGNIFICANCE OF FEDERATION MATERIAL:
The invitations and the booklet are important additions to the collection related to the Federation celebrations in Melbourne. This collection is a significant subsection of the Museum's Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Australia's only World Heritage built structure.
The majority of events represented by the invitations were held at the Royal Exhibition Building, which was the home of the first Federal Parliament of Australia, until 1927 when it was transferred to the new Parliament House in Canberra. Whilst the Museum already has a few examples of these invitations, it is desirable to acquire several more examples, which will be used as change-overs for those proposed for use in the new Melbourne Exhibition (which will be displayed for the first two years of the exhibition.)
The booklet relates to the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York to open the first Federal Parliament at the Royal Exhibition Building. It includes many relevant photographs and information about their visit. The Museum does already hold one copy, but this one is in much better condition (the current copy has a tatty detached cover), and would be used as a changeover for that one in the new Melbourne Exhibition.

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