The First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia was opened at the Melbourne Exhibition Building on 9 May 1901. The new King of England, Edward VII, sent his son and heir, the Duke of Cornwall and York, to Australia as his representative.

The Big Picture. Tom Roberts – Opening of the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H the Duke of Cornwall and York, (later King George V) – May 9 1901

The painting is part of the Royal Collection but has been on permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia since 1957. The work, currently on display in Parliament House, Canberra.

At the opening there were two Dutch Representatives:

·         Capt. von Bosch (Nordbrabant) # 235

·         Mr M.W.I Bosschardt (Consul General for Netherlands). # 234

The ‘Big Picture’ includes 269 portraits of the people who attended the historic occasion. The numbers behind the names above refer this. The full list hangs next to the painting

Captain van den Bosch is mentioned on three occasions and the Dutch Consul-General in Australia, Willem Lodewyk Bosschart is also mentioned. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10550379

There is a mention of van den Bosch nine years later in The Advertiser, published on the 1st of June 1910: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5284710

This is an article that mentions Bosschart and his official visit to New Zealand in 1913 on (from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington website): http://www.dutch-heritage.co.nz/diplomatic-ties/