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Visit to Victoria of HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1954

2006.0031.0117

Visit to Victoria of HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1954

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Physical description

An 86 page paperback booklet, the olive green cover features an embossed reptile skin pattern and the text:" VISIT TO VICTORIA / of / HER MAJESTY / QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND / and / HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS / THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH / Routes, Traffic / Arrangments, &c. / Wednesday, 24th February / to / Thursday, 25th March, 1954".

Statement of significance

The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs T-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.

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