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Ticket - Gentlemen's Season Ticket, Victorian Exhibition, Melbourne 1861, International Exhibition, London, 1862 Object Reg. No: HT 29738

Gentlemen's season ticket to attend the Victorian Exhibition in Melbourne in 1861, and the subsequent International Exhibition in London, 1862. Housed in ornate gilt binding by William Detmold, bookbinder, Melbourne, and including a chronology of Australian commemorations during October-November 1861, printed for the Victorian Exhibition and listing the seven classes for exhibits.

The Victorian Exhibition 1861 was held in Melbourne's first Exhibition Building, built in 1854 on the corner of Latrobe and William Streets. It was designed by Samuel Hendon Merrett and Thomas Merrett, architects and designers for the Melbourne Exhibition of 1854. The building served a variety of purposes, both as an exhibition building for the 1854 and 1861 exhibitions, as the primary concert venue for the Melbourne Philharmonic Society between 1854-66, a lecture hall, and the venue for the 1864 Vice Regal Ball.

After suffering a range of structural problems and leaking glass roof, the building was demolished at the end of the 1860s and the Melbourne Mint constructed on the same site during 1871-72.
Gilt and black leather bound seasonal ticket to the Victorian Exhibition 1861, held in Melbourne, and the International Exhibition 1862, in London. The cover depicts a gilt embossed illustration of Melbourne's original Exhibition Building on the corner William and Latrobe streets, now the former Melbourne Mint. The end pages list commemorative dates across the months of October and November 1861, while the inner catalogue lists the seven classes of exhibits on display at the Melbourne exhibition.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Margaret Malseed, 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 62 mm (Height), 84 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, tickets, trade shows, exhibitions london international industry art 1862, exhibitions melbourne intercolonial victorian exhibitions 1860-1869, industrial exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne Victorian Exhibition 1861
Tertiary Classification: tickets & admission
Inscriptions: Front, gilt embossed: VICTORIAN EXHIBITION/ 1861
Back, margin, gilt embossed: W. DETMOLD, BOOKBINDER
Inner page, handwritten, pen: The Revd JH Jackson with the compliments of the Commissioners.
Publisher: William Detmold, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1861
Person Named: Reverend J Jackson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1861

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