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Square cotton handkerchief commemorating the coronation of King George VI

2006.0031.0062

Square cotton handkerchief commemorating the coronation of King George VI

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Physical description

Square cotton handkerchief with blue printed design commemorating the coronation of King George VI. Features portraits of the King and Queen of Britain in oval "frames" with British coat of arms above. Edged with a border of native plants, state coat-of-arms and symbols.

Statement of significance

The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs T-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.

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