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Souvenir banner commemorating the visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of York to mark the Federation of Australia in 1901

1999.0017.0124

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Souvenir banner commemorating the visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of York to mark the Federation of Australia in 1901

Object information

Physical description

A souvenir printed banner in the form of a Union Jack with a portrait of the then Duke and Duchess of York printed in the centre and surmounted by a crown. The portrait is flanked by an emu and a kangaroo. It has an arch of shields above it bearing the coat of arms of 'WESTERN AUSTRALIA', 'QUEENSLAND', 'NEW SOUTH WALES', 'VICTORIA', 'SOUTH AUSTRALIA' and 'TASMANIA'. Below the portrait is a scroll inscribed 'FOR QUEEN & EMPIRE / FEDERATED AUSTRALIA'.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of approximately 180 objects of Australiana, predominantly featuring the kangaroo. It encompasses a wide range of styles produced in Australia and overseas over a period of 150 years. The collection is diverse and includes decorative art objects, such as a Doulton umbrella stand, as well as an assortment of ephemera from several postcards to a matchbox.

This collection has been amassed by Terence Lane, a former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria over a period of 20 years. During this period, many of the items collected were not in high demand. However, they have since become eagerly sought and the result is a collection which has increased in cultural value. It is considered the best collection of kangaroo theme items in Australia.

Physical description

On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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