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[Souvenir ceremonial invitations, issued by the Commonwealth Government and the Parliament of Victoria to Mr. W.A. Barton for the celebrations for the inauguration of the Commonwealth in 1901]
Bib ID 6155375
Format BookBook
Printer (Melbourne : Sand & McDougall Ltd.)
Description [Melbourne] : Commonwealth Government, Parliament of Victoria, 1901 
4 invitations : col. ill (chromolithographs) ; 30 x 37 cm. 
Full contents
  • Australian Commonwealth Celebrations, the Government of Victoria requests the honor of the presence of Mr. W.A. Barton at a Conversazione in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on the evening of Tuesday, 7th May 1901, at 8 p.m. / G. B. H. Austin, iny. del.
  • His Majesty's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth of Australia request the honour of the presence of Mr. W.A. Barton in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on Thursday, 9th of May, 1901, to witness the opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth, Edmund Barton, Prime Minister.
  • In celebration of the opening Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia to meet their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall & York, His Majesty's Ministers of State for Australia have the honour to invite Mr W. A. Barton to an Evening Reception at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on the 9th of May 1901, at 8 o'clock / Julian & Howard Ashton, del.
  • Australian Commonwealth Celebrations, the Government of Victoria requests the honour of the presence of Mr. W.A. Barton at the Royal Review at Flemington on Friday, the 10th May 1901.
 
Biography/History

The invitations are made out to Mr W. A. Barton, who is almost certainly Sir Edmund Barton’s second son Wilfred Alexander Barton (1880-1953). In 1901 he would have been aged about 21 and a student at the University of Sydney. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School, and entered the University in 1900 with distinctions in Classics and English, graduating in 1903 with the University medal in both of these subjects. In 1904 he was awarded one of the first Rhodes scholarships for New South Wales and left Australia for Magdalen College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1908. In 1913, when he married a Miss Olive Peters of Cambridge, he was practicing as a barrister in London. After the 1914-18 war, in which he served as a captain, being mentioned in dispatches, he returned to the law, and became a Q.C. He died in Chelmsford, Essex in 1953.

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Related Material Programs, menus, pamphlets 1883-1910 from the Papers of Sir Edmund Barton are held by National Library of Australia Manuscripts Section at MS 51, series 10.  [Australian Commonwealth celebrations; an invitation to a conversazione in the Exhibition Building, 7 May, 1901] inscribed to Mr. W. Morris Hughes M.P. & Mrs Hughes is held by National Library of Australia Pictures Section at PIC S11114 loc 3372. 
Subjects Australia. - Parliament - Anniversaries, etc  |  Exhibition Building (Melbourne, Vic.)  |  Australia - History - Federation, 1901.  |  Australia - Anniversaries, etc.  |  Visits of state - Australia.  |  Invitation cards - Australia.
Other authors/contributors Barton, W. A. (Wilfred Alexander Barton), 1880-1953, Recipient  |  Austin, G. B. H, Artist  |  Ashton, Julian, 1851-1942, Artist  |  Ashton, Howard, 1877-1964, Artist  |  Sands & McDougall Limited, Printer

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