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 Citizens' Arch, Bourke Street Melbourne, for the Federation celebrations, May 1901. The Arch has the inscription 'Citizens Welcome the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York' and bears effigies of the royal couple. Photograph taken looking west along Bourke Street from Russell Street. On the right is the Melbourne Coffee Palace and, beyond, the Duke's Arch and General Post Office. Cable tram tracks run along Bourke Street with a Hansom moving towards Queen Street.

Physical Description

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

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