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Listed under:  Society  >  Citizenship  >  Politics  >  Political independence  >  Federation
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Gold rush in the West, 2007

Gold, more than any other single factor, transformed the Australian colonies. 'Gold rush in the West' is an excerpt from 'Pipe dreams' (55 min), the second episode of a three-part series entitled 'Constructing Australia', produced in 2007. Politics, tragedy and conquest combine in stories behind the building of Australia. ...

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'Federation' dress and sash, 1901

This is a woman's 'Federation' dress and sash, made of painted silk and cotton, worn by Margaret Chisholm to a Federation Ball in 1901. It consists of a a bodice, skirt and sash. The bodice features a Union Jack pattern in silk and the cotton skirt is painted with an early version of the Australian coat of arms and the ...

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Margaret Chisholm wearing a Federation dress, 1890-1901

This is a hand-tinted photograph mounted on heavy card showing Margaret Chisholm wearing her Federation dress. The photo was taken at some stage between 1890 and 1901. Her hair is ornamented with a small flag and she carries a riding whip in her right hand. She leans with her left hand against what appears to be a table ...

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Map of New South Wales marked with proposed federal capital sites, 1902

This is a map of New South Wales entitled 'Map of New South Wales Shewing Proposed Federal Capital Sites'. Just visible in the lower right corner is a line saying that the map was lithographed and printed in 1902 by the Department of Lands, NSW. The map is made from silk and timber, and is 6.6 cm high and 78.5 cm wide.

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Black-and-white stereograph of American and Russian warships, 1901

This glass plate negative stereograph depicts an American and a Russian warship at Railway Pier, Port Melbourne, for the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901.

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Pastry Cook's Union float at the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Pastry Cooks' Union float in the Trades procession, an event in Melbourne's Federation celebrations that ook place on 11 May 1901.

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King's Arch constructed for Federation celebrations in Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the King's Arch in Swanston Street, Melbourne, erected for the Federation celebrations in May 1901.

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Queen's Arch constructed for Federation celebrations in Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereoscope of the Queen's Arch, one of several decorative arches erected in Melbourne for the Federation celebrations in May 1901. It was on the crest of the hill spanning the intersection of Collins and Russell streets.

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Royal yacht Ophir, Federation celebrations, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the royal yacht Ophir anchored in Port Phillp Bay with a longboat in the foreground. The Ophir conveyed the royal visitors, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, to the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901.

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Fountain Arch constructed for Melbourne's Federation celebrations, May 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the pedestrian crowd in front of the Fountain Arch at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne.The photograph was taken in May 1901 when Melbourne was celebrating Federation. Beneath the arch is a fairy dell of flowers and ferns and a pond with a fountain ...

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Municipal Arch, Federation celebrations, Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Municipal Arch, Princes Bridge, constructed as part of the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901. In the image a horse and buggy is being driven towards us. This view from the south shows the prow of a galley ship, the Ship of State, in the centre of the ...

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Exhibition Building illuminated for the Federation celebrations, Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the illuminated Exhibition Building at night during the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901. Ten thousand lights outlined the Exhibition Building when this image was taken. The upper lights were white, and the lower lights ruby red. They are reflected in ...

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Book Binders float, Federation celebrations, Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Book Binders float in the Trades procession, part of the Federation celebrations in Melbourne. In this image, which was taken in Collins Street on 11 May 1901, over the heads of the crowd can be seen four white horses pulling a wooden-wheeled wagon. The wagon has ...

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Seating arrangements plan for the opening of Federal Parliament, 1901

This is a seating plan for the opening of the first Australian Federal Parliament on 9 May 1901 in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Seating areas for invited guests are printed in red. A key to ticket colours is provided in the bottom right-hand corner of the plan.

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Australia's Commonwealth 1899 badge, 1899

This is a sterling silver and enamel badge minted by Stokes and Sons of Melbourne. The badge is shaped as a six-pointed star, representing the six colonies which would join to become a federation. Within the star is a blue circle with silver lettering: 'AUSTRALIA'S COMMONWEALTH / 1899'. Inside the circle is a silver map ...

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Invitation to a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, 1901

This a highly coloured invitation to a reception to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. The invitiation states: 'His Majesty's / MINISTERS OF STATE FOR AUSTRALIA / have the honor to invite / Mr and Mrs Anthony Clota / to an Evening Reception at the / Exhibition Building MELBOURNE, / on the 9th of May 1901, at ...

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Invitation to celebrations for the opening of Federal Parliament, 1901

This is an invitation to the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia by the Duke of Cornwall and York. It is a lithograph on white card. On the right a female figure representing Australia stands above the Australian coat of arms. She faces a figure of Britannia, who stands above the royal coat of arms. ...

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Official directory of guests for the opening of the first Parliament, 1901

This is a hard-covered book titled 'Our invited guests: an official directory of the guests invited to Melbourne May 9th 1901 for the opening of the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia'. The book cover, shown here, is blue with gold lettering and detail. At top left is the Advance Australia coat of arms and ...

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Addresses to HRH the Duke of Cornwall and York and the governor general, 1901

This is a hard-covered book covered with red cloth and impressed with gold lettering. On the cover is the title: ADDRESSES / HRH The Duke of Cornwall and York / AND/HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL / THE EARL OF HOPETOUN / FROM THE MUNICIPALITIES OF VICTORIA'. Inside the book (not seen here) are 118 pages of illustrated ...

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'We all live in Australia' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Murray Walker using images created by Aboriginal schoolchildren from Echuca in Victoria, Cape Barren Island in Tasmania and Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory. The background is two blue panels on left and right with a larger black panel in the centre. Colourful childlike representations ...