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Invitation to a Royal Ball in honour of the visit to Victoria of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

2006.0031.0132

Invitation to a Royal Ball in honour of the visit to Victoria of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

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Physical description

An A4 size paper invitation to a Royal Ball in honour of the visit to Victoria of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Held on Tuesday 2nd March 1954 and addressed to Brigadier and Mrs T.W. Tovell. The invitation is accompanied by a small card detailing the supper arrangements. Also supplied is the original envelope and a A4 size sheet of cardboard which functioned as a support for the invitation while in transit.

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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