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The Royal visit to Queensland

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3085J

Scope and Contents

A collection of thirty-three black and white photographs, in two sizes (150 x 105 mm and 205 x 130 mm), mounted on board. Each board is printed with 'The Royal visit to Queensland, May 1901' and stamped 'Agricultural Department, Queensland.' There are brief handwritten captions beneath each photograph, which have been recorded as found.

Queen Victoria had originally intended to undertake a tour of several countries of the Empire to express Britain's gratitude for help received during the South African War, and also, in Australia's case, to be present at the ceremonies to celebrate the union of the states into the federal ‘Commonwealth of Australia.’ Her death cast doubts on the project altogether but finally the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York set sail in ‘The Ophir’ in March 1901 on a tour that included Malta, Ceylon, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Melbourne was reached on the 6th May and on the 20th May the party arrived by train at Brisbane. The photographs cover the four main events of the visit in Brisbane; the decoration of the town, the laying of a foundation stone, an Aboriginal display, and the fireworks display.


  • Creation: 1901-05

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33 item(s) (33 images)

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Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Australasia, fiche number 20.


This item level description was entered by NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.



Includes index.
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