Photograph - Plaque Commemorating the Erection of the Hon. John Woods Stone Pillar, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 9 Aug 1979 Image Reg. No: MM 124314

Summary:
Black & white photograph of a commemorative plaque taken circa 1980. The plaque is mounted on a four-metre high pillar of stone quarried from the Mount Difficult quarry near Stawell, Victoria, and commemorates the efforts by Victorian politician and Exhibition trustees, the Hon. John Woods MP, to have the Victorian Parliament House built from locally quarried stone, rather than imported stone from New South Wales. The plaque was presented by the Exhibition Trustees on th 9 August 1979, and subsequently fixed to Woods' stone pillar.

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.
Description:
A black & white silver gelatin print on a page of a photograph album. The image depicts the plaque afixed to the stone pillar erected by the Hon. John Woods MP in 1880 to protest the use of imported NSW stone, rather than local material, in the construction of the Victorian Parliament buildings. The plaque was presented by the Exhibition Trustees in August 1979 to commemorate Woods protest. There is no caption below the photograph.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 184 mm (Height), 242 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, buildings, royal exhibition building, commemorations, royal exhibition building trustees
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Commemorative Ceremonies
Tertiary Classification: exhibition building centenary 1980
Inscriptions: THIS PILLAR OF STONE QUARRIED FROM STAWELL/ WAS PLACED HERE ON THE INSISTENCE OF/ THE HON. JOHN WOODS, M.P./ (BORN LIVERPPOL ENGLAND NOVEMBER 5TH 1822, DIED BRIGHTON VICTORIA APRIL 2ND 1892;/ ENGINEER, POLITICIAN AND INVENTOR, COMMISSIONER/ INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1880 AND EXHIBITION/ TRUSTEES 1881-1892) TO EXPRESS HIS INDIGNATION/ OF THE CHOICE OF NEW SOUTH WALES STONE FOR/ PARLIAMENT HOUSE AND TO SHOW THE ENDURING/ QUALITIES OF LOCAL STONE./ PLAQUE PRESENTED BY THE EXHIBITION TRUSTEES AUGUST 9TH 1979/ B.J.E.W.D./ E.R.G. STRICKLAND, O.B.E., CHAIRMAN J.C.ELDEN, DIRECTOR
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881

Comments

Angus Trumble Posted on 23 Mar 2011 2:24 AM
What on earth does "B.J.E.W.D." stand for?
Discovery Centre Posted on 27 Jul 2011 1:30 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Angus, we are yet to find out the answer to this question, perhaps someone else knows what B.J.E.W.D. stands for? As soon as we find out, we will be sure to put the answer on the website for you.
Graeme Saunders Posted on 05 Aug 2011 2:08 PM
Are you able to tell me where the original pillar and plaque are now located?
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Aug 2011 10:51 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Graeme, the pillar stands outside the south east corner (i.e. Nicholson Street side) of the Royal Exhibition Building.

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