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

Name/Title

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.'

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Maker

unknown photographer

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

06.06.1953

Technique

printed

Measurements

h 65mm x w 110mm
small

Format

photograph, black and white

Object Type

photograph

Subject and Association Keywords

celebrations/weddings

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper

Credit Line

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

Object number

MT2011.185.321

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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