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The Queen Came By

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Physical description

A child's hardback book with a colour printed cover featuring an illustration of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip at train station beside a smiling steam engine, below the text: "The Queen Came By / WRITTEN BY JILL MEILLON / ILLUSTRATED BY NOELA YOUNG". On the first page there is an attached, printed presentation card, made out to "Leigh Gartrell / from / St. Matthews / Physical Culture Club / 1955".

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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