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Australia's March to Nationhood

The pageant "Australia's March to Nationhood," which was the imposing initial item in the 150th anniversary celebrations of New South Wales, and which symbolised the milestones in Australia’s 150 years of history and development from the days of its struggling infancy, was one of the most magnificent and stirring spectacles ever seen in the Commonwealth. It took more than 1½ hours to pass a given point, and it was about 1½ miles in length. From the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), Australia’s oldest historical organisation founded in Sydney in 1901, promotes the study of Australian history.
Postal Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Services Float: "Australia's March to Nationhood" Sesquicentenary Celebrations 1938
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Sydney Harbour Bridge - 1938

Image 25000051 - The Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Australian Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938, with a steamship in the foreground.

Guards on Horseback: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Guards on horseback taking part in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney in 1938.

Sesquicentenary Celebrations - George Street, Sydney

Horse and carriage in George Street near the Queen Victoria Building as part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations on Australia Day, 1938

Flags on Macquarie Street: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Flags on Macquarie Street as part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney, 1938. This image was contained within a roll of film found lying on a street. The film roll was donated to the Royal Australian H... more

Oyster Float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

An Oyster Float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney in 1938.

Women in Colonial Costume - “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 20173 - Women in Colonial Costume Sydney NSW 1938 - Photo taken for Exhibition Catalogue. Photo of Miss M Coombes and Mrs W B Clarke Ranken Coach...This image is part of a collection entitled ‘Australia ... more

Horse and Carriage: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

A horse and carriage in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney in 1938.

“Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Crowds dispersing at the conclusion of the “Australia's March to Nationhood” 150th Anniversary Celebration in Driver Avenue, Moore Park.

Health Council Float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

The Health Council float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney in 1938.

Ranken Coach in "Australia's March to Nationhood": Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 20171 - Ranken Coach in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. ..This image is part of a collection entitled ‘Australia Day 1938 - Sesquicentenary Celebrations’, whi... more

Sesquicentenary Celebrations - George Street, Sydney

A float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade - part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney in 1938.

Marching Band: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

A Marching Band participates in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney - part of the Sesquicentenary celebrations in 1938.

Sesquicentenary Celebrations - George Street, Sydney

Guards on horseback taking part in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in George Street outside the Queen Victoria Building, 1938.

Ranken Coach: "Australia's March to Nationhood" Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 20174 - Ranken Coach: "Australia's March to Nationhood". H A Shaw and D McLean - Footmen, W Cartwright - Driver. Inside coach - Mrs W B Clarke and Miss M Coombes. Man next to the driver did not ... more

19th Century Tram float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806138 - A 19th Century Tram float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is p... more

Sesquicentenary Celebrations

Image 25000063 - The 'Australia's March to Nationhood' parade outside the Queen Victoria Building on George Street during the 1938 Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney.

Arts Council Float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

The Arts Council float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney in 1938.

Sydney Town Hall Nighttime Illumination

The Sydney Town Hall illuminated for the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938

“Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

A float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney - part of Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938

Sesquicentenary Ceremony, Camp Cove

Crowds at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Sesquicentenary Celebrations - Tree Planting Ceremony at Camp Cove

Crowds watch a tree planting ceremony at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Camp Cove, 1938

Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Horse and Carriage - "Australia's March to Nationhood" Sesquicentenary Celebrations

Image 25000062 - Horse and Carriage taking part in the 'Australia's March to Nationhood' parade outside the Queen Victoria Building on George Street during the 1938 Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney.

Wedding Float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

A Wedding Float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade in Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney in 1938.

A blackboard displayed outside the hall proclaims, "Day of Mourning"

A large blackboard displayed outside the hall (Australia Hall) proclaims, "Day of Mourning". Leaflets warned that, "Aborigines and persons of Aboriginal blood only are invited to attend". At... more

Electricity float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806130 - An Electricity float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is part o... more

President Patten (right) reads resolution

President Patten (right) reads resolution, "We, representing the ABORIGINES OF AUSTRALIA ... on the 150th Anniversary of the whitemen's seizure of our contry, HEREBY MAKE PROTEST against the callous treatm... more

Group of People at Camp Cove - Sesquicentenary Celebrations

Crowds at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Ford V8 float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806152 - A Ford V8 float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is part of a c... more

Clowns: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806143 - Clowns parade ahead of a Luna Park float - part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image i... more

Sesquicentenary Ceremony, Camp Cove

Crowds at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Section of Aboriginal meeting in Australian Hall

Section of Aboriginal meeting in Australian Hall, Sydney, organised by the Aborigines' Progressive Association mourners. ..This image is part of the collections of the State Library of NSW and has been used wit... more

Wirths Circus float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806137 - The Wirths Circus float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is par... more

ANZAC War Memorial, Hyde Park

Image 25000054 - The Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park during the 1938 Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney.

Radio Broadcasting Stations float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806141 - The 'Radio Broadcasting Stations' float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park. Th... more

“Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806140 - A float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is part of a collection entitled ‘Austral... more

Empress of Britain and Ofania

Image 25000068 - The Empress of Britain and Ofania docked in Sydney Harbour.

“Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806145 - A float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park. ..This image is part of a collection entitled ‘Austra... more

Tooth & Co. float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806146 - A 'Tooth & Co.' float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is p... more

Reckitt’s Blue float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806149 - A 'Reckitt's Blue float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park. Reckitt's Blue was... more

Sesquicentenary Ceremony, Camp Cove

Crowds at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Capstan float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806142 - The Capstan float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park. "Time for a Capstan... more

Sesquicentenary Ceremony, Camp Cove

Crowds at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

ANZAC War Memorial, Hyde Park

The ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Sesquicentenary Celebrations - Tree Planting Ceremony at Camp Cove

Crowds watch a tree planting ceremony at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Sesquicentenary Celebrations - Sydney Harbour from Camp Cove

Sydney Harbour from Camp Cove during the 1938 Sesquicentenary Celebrations.

Group of Aborigines with protest sign

Group of Aborigines with protest sign reading "Aborigines claim citizen rights!" ..This image is part of the collections of the State Library of NSW and has been used with permission. The State Librar... more

Cronulla Lifesavers float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806145 - A Cronulla Lifesavers float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is... more

Merino Sheep Wool Industry float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary

Image 21806123 - The Merino Sheep Wool Industry float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This... more

'HMS Supply' Replica in Sydney Harbour

Image 25000069 - A replica of the First Fleet ship 'HMS Supply', part of the 1938 First Fleet re-enactment in Sydney Harbour.

Sesquicentenary Celebrations - Sydney GPO

The Sydney GPO in Martin Place illuminated as part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

"Australia's March to Nationhood" Sesquicentenary Celebrations 1938

Image 25000039 - A float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in George Street, near the Queen Victoria Building...This image is part of a collec... more

Postal Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Services Float: "Australia's March to Nationhood" Sesquicentenary Celebrations 1938

Image 25000038 - The 'Postal Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Services' Float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in George ... more

Group of People at Camp Cove - Sesquicentenary Celebrations

Crowds at Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour, during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Sesquicentenary Celebrations Street Parade Using Trams

Tram and carriage in George Street, Sydney - part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938. Waldon's Hotel and Kum Ling Cafe can be seen in the background.

Archibald Fountain

Image 25000057 - The Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park during the Australian Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938.

Central Station Clock Tower

The clock tower at Central Station in 1938 during the Sesquicentenary Celebrations.

Wales House, Southern Cross Illumination

Image 25000052 - As of 2010 this is the Radisson Plaza Hotel, formerly the home for John Fairfax.

Nock and Kirby Nighttime Illuminations

Image 25000053 - The Nock and Kirby building in George Street with nighttime illuminations.

"Australia's March to Nationhood" Sesquicentenary Celebrations 1938

Image 25000064 - A float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in George Street, outside the Queen Victoria Building...This image is part of a col... more

Flags on Bridge Street: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Flags on Bridge Street as part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney, 1938. This image was contained within a roll of film found lying on a street. The film roll was donated to the Royal Australian Hist... more

Marching Band: "Australia's March to Nationhood" - Sesquicentenary Celebrations - George Street, Sydney

A Marching Band taking part in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade - part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney, 1938.

Mick Simmons Ltd float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806150 - A 'Mick Simmons Ltd' float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is ... more

Captain Cook Memorial, Hyde Park

Image 25000047 - The Captain Cook Memorial, Hyde Park, during the 1938 Sesquicentenary Celebrations in Sydney.

Sydney Town Hall Night Illumination

Image 25000056 - The Sydney Town Hall illuminated as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 1938. ..This image is part of a collection entitled ‘Australia Day 1938 - Sesquicentenary Celebrations’, which ... more

Timber Industry float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806129 - The Timber Industry float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is p... more

"Australia's March to Nationhood" Sesquicentenary Celebrations 1938

Image 25000065 - A float in the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in George Street, outside the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney...This image is part ... more

Peters Ice Cream Float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian Sesqui Celebration

Image 21806123 - The Peter's Ice Cream Float proclaims "Stepping to Health with Peter's" and formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was... more

Royal Australian Historical Society Excursion - 1938

NSW Sesquicentenary 1938 - Presbyterian Church Ebenezer - KR Cramp addressing RAHS excursion.

Forestry Industry float: “Australia's March to Nationhood” Australian 150th Anniversary Celebration

Image 21806134 - The Forestry Industry float, which formed part of the "Australia's March to Nationhood" parade on January 26th, 1938. This image was taken in Driver Avenue, Moore Park...This image is... more