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Photograph - British Machinery, British Machinery Annexe, Exhibition Building, 1880-1881 Reg. No: MM 107818
- View looking northwards along the British Machinery Annexe at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition held at the Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens, between 1 October 1880 and 30 April 1881.
In addition to the main permanent Exhibition Building, two permanent annexes as well as a large, central wooden temporary annexe was constructed to house the courts of various countries, or to include larger items from countries already represented in the main Building. Although the two permanent annexes were designated the Machinery Annexes, a third machinery annexe - the British Machinery Annexe - was constructed as a northern extension to the Eastern Machinery Annexe to accomodate the large displays of British manufacture.
While the completion of the temporary and machinery annexes was scheduled for 1 July 1880, a separate contract was undertaken with Mr. David Mitchell - who was already the contractor for the main building and temporary annexes - for the British Machinery Annexe. Work was already well advanced in June 1880, and by the end of July, it was reported that all the buildings were completed except for some decorative work and the British Machinery Annexe. The completed annexe was approximately 270 feet (82.3m) by 75 feet (22.86m).
This is one of sixty-one photographs in a presentation photograph album titled '1880 Melbourne International Exhibition' presented to Thomas B. Hill.
Hill was the Assistant Secretary of the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. This leather bound album was given to Hill, and all the Exhibition Commissioners, by the Exhibition Trustees. The photographer is believed to be Ludovico Hart, acting on a private commission from the Exhibition Trustees.
- Monochrome photograph in a black leather bound album with decorative gold tooled border and gold tooled lettering in centre of front cover. Inside, 61 monochrome photographic plates showing exterior and interior views of the 1880 International Exhibition, held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Each photograph is mounted on heavy buff coloured card and has a simple black line border with a title beneath the photograph.
- Statement Of Significance:
- The Royal Exhibition Building has played an important role in Melbourne's social commercial and sporting life since it was built for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. The building's size and scale provide us with a physical example of 'boom-time' Melbourne in 1880. The international exhibitions of the late 1800s provided the fledgling Australian colonies with a forum in which to showcase their progress in commerce and industry to the world. This album is significant for its detailed visual record of the first international exhibition held in Melbourne. It has clear views of the colonial & international courts, as well as specific prominent exhibits. It also provides a contemporary view of the Exhibition Building interior and exterior in the year it was constructed.
- Description Of Content:
- International Exhibition at Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1880: interior view showing the British Machinery Annexe.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
- Source: Museum Victoria
|Dimensions:||234 mm (Height), 291 mm (Width)|
|Dimension Comment:||Dimensions of photograph only|
|Tagged with:||civic mementoes, exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, buildings, machinery, keepsakes, royal exhibition building, medal presentations, public ceremonies, steam engines, photography, machinery displays, royal exhibition building trustees, royal exhibition building history of events 1879-1899|
|Themes this item is part of:||Ludovico Hart, Photographer (circa1836-1919), Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection|
|Primary Classification:||PUBLIC EVENTS|
|Secondary Classification:||Melbourne International Exhibition 1880|
|Tertiary Classification:||photograph albums|
|Inscriptions:||Printed in black ink on card below the photograph: '19. BRITISH MACHINERY ANNEXE - LOOKING NORTH.'|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880|
|Manufactured For:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880|
|Photographer:||Ludovico Hart, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880|
|Presented To:||Mr Thomas Hill - Melbourne Commission, 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880|
|Presented By:||The Exhibition Trustees, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880|
'Melbourne International Exhibition', Argus, 3 June 1880, p.6.
'The Exhibition', Argus, 26 July 1880, p.3.
'The Melbourne Exhibition. The Building.', South Australian Register, 30 September 1880, pp.5-6.
On Ludovico Hart see: The Aust'n Photographic Journal, March 20 1896, p.56.