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Photograph - Reception Preparation in the Great Hall during the Royal Visit of Princess Alexandra, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 17 Sep 1959 Image Reg. No: MM 124957

Summary:
Black & white photograph showing the official dais set up under the dome of the Great Hall of the Exhibition Building as part of the Royal Visit by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra in September 1959.

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. There is a printed caption below the photograph.
Statement Of Significance:
The Exhibition Trustees' album containing this photograph provides an invaluable visual record of past maintenance and restoration work undertaken on the Royal Exhibition Buildings prior to the building being recognised with a World Heritage Listing in 2004.
Description Of Content:
View of the official dais under the dome of the Great Hall, Exhibition Building, looking south. The southern transept is partially partioned by a draped curtin, in front of which are plaed a semi-circle of chairs on the dais, and decorative floral arrangements. The immediate foreground in front of the dais is likewise decorated with a profusion of floral displays, as part of the 1959 Royal Visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 202 mm (Height), 253 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, buildings, royal visits, royal exhibition building, royalty british, interior views, royal exhibition building history of events 1950-1959, royal exhibition building trustees
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Royal Visits
Tertiary Classification: official visits
Inscriptions: Printed below photograph: Royal Visit 1959. Reception to Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, Thursday September 17th 1959. Official dias [sic] under dome area.
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 Sep 1959
Person Named: HRH Princess Alexandra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 Sep 1959

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