Mounted stereograph depicting the 1901 Melbourne Cup won by Revenue. In spite of the pencil annotation on verso which reads 'The Melbourne Cup 1891', the three horses placed in winning order below - Revenue, San Fran and Khaki - were the three place getters at the 1901 Melbourne Cup. This dating aligns more closely with others items already held in 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.

The subsequent addition of 14 printed stereograph photographs compliments the existing holding of Myer's glass stereograph negatives. 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 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.

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On verso in pencil are the names of those horses visible in the photo with the order of the first three winning places listed across the lower margin. The pencil title 'The Melbourne Cup 1891' is misleading, as the scene depicted is that of the 1901 Melbourne Cup.

Physical Description

Black & white stereographic photograph mounted on cardboard backing printed with publisher details.


Commercially printed examples of amateur photographer G.H. Myers' stereographic photography, represented in the collections through a series of 72 stereograph glass negatives. They offer an interesting and rare representation of events and social activity at the time of Australian federation.

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