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Photograph - Opening Ceremony, Great Hall, Exhibition Building, 1 Oct 1880 Image Reg. No: MM 92054

View from the northern balcony in the western nave looking west towards the Grand Organ and the orchestra and choir arranged on the temporary dais erected in front of it during the official opening of the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition held at the Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens, on Friday, 1 October 1880.

This is one of three photographs of the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition acquired by Museum Victoria as a group in 2006. Although the photographer remains unidentified, in style and subject, the images share strikingly similarities to another group of twenty-six images of the Exhibition bound within a photograph album. All three images have a number in black pen written in the upper left corner, this being number '21', and the card backing board shows signs that perhaps these photographs have been removed from an album. Likely photographs include J.W. Lindt, Charles Nettleton, Nicholas Caire, or the official exhibition photographer, Ludovico Hart, commissioned by the Exhibition Trustees to produce a series of photographs that were subsequently bound into presentation albums.
Sepia print of a photograph mounted on card with a caption handwritten below the print.
Description Of Content:
Sepia photographic print mounted on a card backing of the interior of the Great Hall of the Melbourne Exhibition Building during the opening ceremony for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. The image is taken from the north-west balcony, looking west towards the Grand Organ, with a large choir and orchestra mounted on the temporary dais erected in front of the organ. Crowds of people can be seen immediately in front of the dais, and on the south-western balcony areas, where some exhibits - possibly those relating to the German picture galleries that were installed in this area - can be seen covered by cloth.

The photograph has been pasted onto a cardboard backing and the caption 'Melbourne Exhibition, Opening Ceremony' is written in pencil at the base. The photograph appears to have been part of a larger album on thick card pages that has been split. The number '21' has been written in black ink in the upper left corner.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 17.10 cm (Height), 25.10 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, royal exhibition building, ceremonies, photography, opening ceremonies, royal exhibition building trustees, choir recitals, royal exhibition building history of events 1879-1899
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Original Caption: Melbourne Exhibition, Opening Ceremony
Inscriptions: caption, inscribed lead pencil: MELBOURNE EXHIBITION, OPENING CEREMONY.
image, inscribed u.l., black ink.: 21.
Format: Photograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1 Oct 1880

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