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Souvenir plate or dish - for the cancelled royal visit, 1949

2002.0021.0144.004

Souvenir plate or dish - for the cancelled royal visit, 1949

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Physical description

Souvenir oval shaped cream coloured china dish with an illustration in the centre of the profiles of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother). Below them is 'Commemorating the Visit of Their Majesties to Australia 1949'. A pattern of flowers is printed around the rim. Made by Royal Winton, England.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 196 items. For the most part the collection consists of souvenir ware and other Royal memorabilia. Most of the material relates to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a large component devoted to Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the Queen Mother. The collection is significant from a number of perspectives. It provides material evidence of the enduring attraction of the British Royal family. It also provides an insight into the marketing of souvenir items associated with the Royals. The collection is a wonderful example of a "magnificent obsession" on the part of the collector. The collection will be of enduring significance given the ongoing debate as to whether Australia should become a republic.

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