Illuminated addresses were once important components of a celebration of achievement. They were generally very ornate and often included elements of the person’s history in the medley of images.
Today the art of the illuminated address has all but vanished. In the mid to late 19th, and early 20th century, they were a popular way to thank prominent individuals for their contribution to organisations.
The artistry that went in to these addresses ranged from the fairly amateur production to highly sophisticated illustration techniques and calligraphy. They were, at their best, an art form in themselves.
Presentations often made the local news.
They also provided opportunities for sycophancy.
Here are some examples.
State Library of Victoria (out of copyright) – Goldsworthy and Davey.
State Library of Victoria (out of copyright) – Sands & McDougall Limited
John Oxley Library – State Library of Queensland (out of copyright)