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The Butter Arch in Melbourne, decorated to commemorate the opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

Date: May 1901
Dimensions:
Overall: 82 x 109 mm
Medium: Photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transfer from the Australian War Memorial
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0047[813]
Place Manufactured:Melbourne

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    Description
    This photograph was taken in Market Street in Melbourne, Victoria. Made entirely of butter boxes, the arch was decorated to commemorate the opening of the first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. According to one article in Melbourne's The Argus, 8,000 butter boxes were used to build the arch. The arch represented

    'the daily output of the dairying industry of Victoria. The natural colour of their wood, branded with the marks of the ex porting firms who supplied them, has the appearance of freshly cut freestone blocks, and the shields of the six colonies surround ing the Royal arms, and decked with bunt- ing, give bright and gas relief to the struc ture. Two smaller portways flank the centre, and carry portraits of the King and Queen and Duke and Duchess. The main cost of erection has been borne by the city agents, exporters, and merchants, who sup plied the novel and interesting materials.'

    'The Arches', The Argus, 7 May 1901, p 10.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Photograph of Decorative tall archway across city street

    Web title: The Butter Arch in Melbourne, decorated to commemorate the opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

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