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Photograph [Everest float, Coronation Parade]; unknown photographer; 06.06.1953; M...

Photograph [Everest float, Coronation Parade]; unknown photographer; 06.06.1953; MT2011.185.321
Photograph [Everest float, Coronation Parade]
About this object
A black and white photograph of a float celebrating (Sir) Edmund Hillary's successful climb of Mount Everest. The signs on the float read 'NZ CROWNS EVEREST' and 'CROWNED BY HILLARY'. The event was a parade in Mataura on Saturday 6 June 1953 celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Mataura Ensign has a full report on the celebrations on page 4 of its 8 June 1953 edition.

The report opens: ' The highlight of the afternoon's gala was the procession - a triumph of ingenuity and spectacle. The parade of decorated vehicles far surpassed anything seen in Eastern Southland for many years. In a colour scheme of red, white and blue, prominence was given to the Coronation theme and to the conquest of Mount Everest. In the 20 or more floats and other units there was not one inferior one.'

Maker Role
photograph, black and white
Date Made
Medium and Materials
processed material, paper
h 65mm x w 110mm

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From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.
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