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Royal Visit to South Australia, 1954, State Guide

2006.0031.0041

Royal Visit to South Australia, 1954, State Guide

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Physical description

Paperback, printed programme of events scheduled for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia in 1954. The white cardboard front cover features the 1936 South Australian coat of arms at the top of the page, with text below "ROYAL VISIT / TO / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / 1954 / STATE GUIDE".

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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