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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1901
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpolitician
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Genreinauguration of the Commonwealth, account of Sydney, politics
Transcript4 January 1901

My dear Mother
I am, as you may suppose, here for the celebrations connected
with the Inauguration of the Commonwealth. The New South Wales
Government are the entertainers, and their hospitality is lavish. My
residence is at the Grosser Kurfurst, a German vessel of 13,000 odd
tons at which the distinguished visitors who are the guests of the
Government- rather some of them—put up. We have Ministers,
Knights, leading Politicians, Judges, Bishops, and other celebreties
there The wonderful Sydney Harbor is alive with Steamers & crafts
of all sizes, ablaze with festoons of Electric Light and other illuminations at night. As a Harbor, with its 11 or 12 hundred miles of bays & inlets, its depth at all places up to the greatest tonnages, and its
bustle of boats, it is beyond one's dreams. The city is lit at night with
marvellous devices of electricity & gas; the Electric trams bright with
light & people; bands playing at intervals; the Streets Packed with
the best mannered, best humored, and most sociable, People I ever
met Their bearing is a lesson in the refining influence of the pervading
sense of democratic institutions and corporate ownership &
The City is given over to eight days Rejoicing. This morning I
went round Part of the Harbor in a Government Steam Launch, and
tonight, the night of Special Harbor illuminations, view the Pyrotechnic
Display from one of their vessels. But the Papers I send you will
give the details of Present Sydney Life.
The First Federal Government is formed, but though of on the
whole able men, of men mostly for a time ambitious of the Position and who Played their cards accordingly. I was to leave tonight—but
G. H. Reid, who but for Political accidents would have been first
Premier, asked me to spend Saturday and Sunday with him and on
Monday leave with him for Melbourne. He is perhaps the Best
Platform Speaker in the Empire, and will, I mink, be the Second
Federal Premier. We crossed swords on the convention, but our
lines—a free trade tariff—are now convergent, and when others,
looking for Federal office, hesitated and trimmed, I took up his work
of educating the People against Protection.
With Best Wishes for the New Century to you all,

Your Affectionate Son
P. McM. Glynn