Letter from the General Secretary's Office acknowledging receipt of a letter sent by the Town Clerk, City of Richmond regarding Commonwealth Celebrations. The Town Clerk had proposed that all 24 municipalities erect arches in the city during the visit of the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall and York for Federation celebrations in May 1901. The letter indicates that such a proposal was already under consideration by the government, and that the Town Clerk of Richmond's suggestions would be discussed at future departmental meetings.

Physical Description

Letter format written on paper headed with British coat of arms. Carbon copy, purple ink, with a handwritten signature in black ink. There are two different received dates.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Royal Exhibition Building Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions, Royal Exhibition Building

  • Acquisition Information

    Cultural Gifts Donation from Susan Lancaster, 05 May 2015

  • Issued By

    Victoria: State Government, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 Feb 1901

  • Inscriptions

    obverse: (stamped) Rec'd 20 FEB / Rec'd 21 FEB /( letter head) COMMONWEALTH CELEBRATIONS / GENERAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE, / Melbourne (printed) PARLIAMENT HOUSE. / 20th February, 1901. / Sir, / I have the honor (sic) to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th instant addressed to the Honorable the Minister of Defence as CHairman of the Cabinet Committee of the Commonwealth celebrations, offering a suggestion from the Richmond City Council that the metropolitan municipalities-- 24 in number-- be asked to erect an Arch at different points of the road along which their Royal Highness will pass in procession. / In reply I am to state that the matter had already occupied the favourable attention of the Committee at its last meeting, in consequence of certain paragraphs on the subject having appeared in the press, and I was directed to ascertain from you any proposals you had to make on the subject. the information desired has been set out in the letter you have forwarded, and will be laid before the Committee at its next meeting. / I have the honour to be, / Sir, / Your obedient Servant, / (handwritten)T. Moollard / for the General Secretary. / The Town Clerk / City of Richmond.

  • Classification

    Public events, Federation, Plans

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    210.1 mm (Width), 320.4 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Australian Federation, Celebrations, May 1901, State Government of Victoria, Municipal Government, Processions, Opening Ceremonies, Royal Visits