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    RA QM/PRIV/CC/113

    RA QM/PRIV/CC/113 (view an extract from the document)

    In 1901 the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) embarked upon the most extensive tour of the British Empire yet undertaken by a member of the Royal family, visiting Ceylon (Sri Lanka), South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

    Tom Roberts (1856-1931), The Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, 9th May 1901, RCIN 407587©

    The Duchess kept invitations, programmes, menus and other mementoes in a number of scrapbooks.

    Displayed here are invitations to the Opening of the first Parliament of the newly-formed Commonwealth of Australia in Melbourne, and to the presentation of a welcome Address in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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