One of a set of 47 original photographs of the Australian Federation celebrations in Melbourne 1901 to mark the opening of the first Federal Parliament of Australia. The photographs trace the Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York for the occasion, from their arrival in Melbourne on the Royal Yacht 'Ophir' at St Kilda Pier on 6 May 1901 to their departure for Brisbane at Port Melbourne Railway Station on 19 May 1901. The photographs include scenes of the Federation Arches throughout Melbourne, Illuminated City Buildings,'The Opening of Parliament', 'German, Russian, Dutch and American cruisers at Port Melbourne', 'Royal Review at Flemington Racecourse', 'Royal Yacht Ophir and British War Ships', 'The Russian Cruiser Cromoboi...' and 'State School Fetes at the Exhibition Building'.

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The Queen Victoria Arch at the intersection of Collins Street and Russell Street, Melbourne during the Federation celebrations, May 1901. The Arch is crowned with a sculptural effigy of the newly deceased Queen of England. It bears the inscriptions 'God Gave Her Peace', and 'Her Land Reposed' and is adorned with wreaths to mark her recent death on 22 January 1901.

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black and white, silver gelatin, photograph mounted on grey card.

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