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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 124959

Summary:
Black & white photograph looking into the eastern nave of the Great Hall of the Exhibition Building, from in front of the Grand Organ, showing the official dais and decorations being installed 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 from the western nave along the length of the Great Hall, Exhibition Building, showing a draped curtain partition from the eastern balcony, decorated with Australian and British flags, and potted small trees. Underneath the dome, the official dais has alreayd been installed, and a few figures can be seen on the dais. In the immediate foreground, in front of the Grand Organ, is position a grand piano, chairs and music stands, 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. Looking towards east (Nicholson Street) entrance.
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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