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To have the Honour of meeting His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G. : the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress : request the honour of the company of ... at the Town Hall, Adelaide, on Wednesday, 14th July 1920, at 8 o'clock
Bib ID 6258488
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, still image, sheet]
Cobb, Victor E. (Victor Ernest), 1876-1945, artist
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Description Adelaide : [City of Adelaide [Council]?] 1920 
2 unnumbered sheets : illustrations ; 39 x 26 cm 

Two separate pieces: A souvenir invitation for the Royal Ball at the Adelaide Town Hall on 14th July and the supper menu for the buffet provided later in the banqueting room. Two copper plate engravings by Victor Cobb are tipped onto heavy Whatman watermarked paper, with the gold embossed coat of arms of the City of Adelaide at head. Artwork of "Come and be merry, Adelaide 1920" depicts a young woman standing under a tree and blowing a trumpet. Her other hand clasps the insignia of the Prince of Wales's Light Horse lettered with their motto Ich Dien (I Serve). Two birds, probably kookaburras, are perched at the top of the tree; a banner displaying the piping shrike (or white-backed magpie) state emblem hangs from a branch in the centre; and a cluster of musical instuments appears on the right. Artwork of "Supper menu" depicts a ceremonial brazier, a turkey, fruit platter, wine bottle and shallow champagne glass. In the background part of a ship (probably the royal yacht H.M.S. Renown) can be seen through a circular porthole window, with the stars of the Southern Cross in the sky. A note is hinged to the invitation regarding the need to reply before 7 June for the issue of entrée cards. The supper menu has a folding standing support hinged to the back.


Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), visited Australia in 1920 on behalf of his father King George V to thank the country for its participation in World War I and to foster links with the Empire. He arrived in Adelaide on Monday, 12 July, taking the Transcontinental Railway from Western Australia, and left on Friday, 16 July, sailing on the Renown for Tasmania.


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Library's copies are both signed by the artist and numbered: "Come and be merry, Adelaide 1920" is no. 41 and the "Supper menu" is no. 20.

Subjects Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972 - Travel.  |  Royal visitors - South Australia - Adelaide.  |  Visits of state - South Australia - Adelaide.  |  Balls (Parties) - South Australia - Adelaide.  |  Dinners and dining - South Australia - Adelaide.  |  Menus - Specimens.  |  Engraving, Australian.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Adelaide (S. Aust.). Corporation, issuing body
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Come and be merry : Adelaide 1920 : the ball

Supper menu

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