Similar items over time

Photograph - Aquarium Fire, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1953 Image Reg. No: MM 124027

Black & white photograph of the Aquarium fire that took place on Wednesday 28 January 1953. The photograph shows smoke billowing from the Exhibition Building with a fire truck in front.

This is one of 959 photographs (or images) of the Exhibition Building collated by the Exhibition Trustees as a 10 volume pictorial history of the Exhibition Building spanning the years 1880 to 1985. The pictorial history was instigated by the centenary of the Exhibition Building in 1980 and forms part of a larger Royal Exhibition Building collection of documents, photographs, objects and research files.
A black & white silver gelatin print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.
Description Of Content:
A view of the Aquarium with an International fire truck, fence and man in the foreground and billowing white and black smoke in the background.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 190 mm (Height), 240 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: buildings, royal exhibition building, fires, royal exhibition building trustees, aquariums, fire engines, royal exhibition building history of events 1950-1959, aquariuminterior
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Secondary Classification: Building & Infrastructure
Tertiary Classification: fires
Inscriptions: Aquarium fire Wednesday January 28th 1953./ Fire took place between 6pm and 7pm. A change of wind direction/ really saved extension of blaze to Great Hall. Most seals survived but many/ valuable fish and birds were destroyed./ From Nicholson Street fountain towards present position of entrance to/ convention centre.
Model Name/Number: KB
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 28 Jan 1953


Joseph Puglia Posted on 23 Oct 2011 7:18 PM
I Grew Up In Carlton WaS bORN 9 - 1 - 1945. As Kids we Loved the Exa as We called it We spent As Much time as Possible,There.the Aquariam, was Fantasic Like Having A Disney Land to Yourself. Still My Favourite Place
sherrin thompson Posted on 30 Mar 2012 6:34 PM
I was born in carlton i, went to st georges catholic school accross the road from the exa we loved the exa the aquariam with 7brothers and sisters it was a big day out .I will never forget it
Wesley Hoffman Posted on 20 Jul 2012 11:00 AM
I was 5 years old when I heard the news that the Aquarium had burnt down. I can just remember visiting not long before the fire, being fascinated by the images of fish swimming by, lots of bright colours, and devastated by the loss of animal life and the fact no replacement was planned. I have since visited Sydneys Aquarium, but had to wait a long time to see fish in a big aquarium in Melbourne. It took a long time to replace didn't it?
peter white Posted on 25 Sep 2013 5:18 PM
I remember the seals acting - they were in a pool with a slide .
the walls were lined in cork and it was a beaut place
I was born 1/2/1939.

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No