Melbourne: Australian Commonwealth Government, 1926. Hand captioned, real photo illustrated commemorative album presented to Marquess of Salisbury and members of the United Kingdom Branch of the Empire Parliamentary Association on the occasion of their visit to Canberra to present Australia with a Speakers Chair.
The album covers activities and places visited around Australia during their visit. Images include:
1. A view inside Parliament on the occasion of the presentation of the speakers chair.
2. "Fuddy", Lake Eacham, Queensland. A well dressed Aborigine is pictured heating water in large tin over a fire, no doubt preparing the delegation their afternoon tea.
3. Duntroon, Royal Military College, garden party with delegates drinking their tea.
4. View of East Perth from near the observatory.
5. Group of settlers, West Australia.
Loosely inserted at the front of the album is a glossy photo portrait of 4 delegation members, with names noted in pencil on verso: Dr. Williams, Mr. Butcher, Mr. Hewart, and Mr. Byrne, and the location noted as Adelaide, South Australia.
A printed version of this collection was subsequently issued for public use, along with a collection of glass plate photos with an accompanying explanatory booklet. Each of the different versions is accompanied by variant photos.
"With the compliments of the Commonwealth of Australia, Empire Parliamentary Association" printed at the front wrapper, and an Australian Government book label inside the rear cover. Oblong 8vo album, not paginated, 32 photographs including the loose image, roughly 8 x 6 1/2". Stiff gray paper wrappers, title printed in black at front wrapper, bound with gray cord. Top of spine chipped, otherwise very good condition with the photographs bright and clean, each captioned in white. OCLC: 221697036 cites the National Library of Australia with the only copy recorded. Very good condition. Item #20914