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Photograph - Royale Ballroom from Nicholson Street, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1979 Image Reg. No: MM 124348

Summary:
Black & white panoramic vista comprised of two photographs of the Exhibition Buildings from the Nicholson Street entrance to the eastern nave, showing the eastern aspect of the Exhibition Building and the eastern annexe including the Royale Ballroom extending northwards.

The original machinery annexe of the Exhibition Building was coverted into a dance hall in the years following the First World War, being named in 1932 as the Palais Royale with a further name change in 1952 to become the Royale Ballroom. The annexe was demolished in the 1970s to make way for the construction of the Centennial Hall.

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 comrpised of two images joined together to form a single panoramic print on a page of a photograph album. The image is taken from the Nicholson Street entrance to the eastern nave, showing the eastern aspect of the Exhibition Building and the eastern annexe including the Royale Ballroom extending northwards. The large signage over the ballroom portico that reads 'ROYALE BALLROOM' is visible in the right middleground of the image. The northern carpark is full of cars, several of which are parked around the circular island at the eastern side of the Exhibition Buildings, in the centre of which stands the French fountain. There is a printed caption below the photograph.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 115 mm (Height), 296 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, buildings, royal exhibition building, melbourne landmarks, 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: Building & Infrastructure
Tertiary Classification: royale ballroom
Inscriptions: NICHOLSON STREET FRONTAGE 1938/ Palais Royale and "The Residency".
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, February 1979

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