Newspaper Cutting - 'The Melbourne Exhibition, now in Course of Construction', 1880 Document Reg. No: SH 960369

Summary:
Image shows a South Eastern view of the almost completed Royal Exhibition Building built in 1879-80. The dome is still under construction and scaffolding surrounds the entrances. People are passing the building on foot and in a covered horse-drawn cart.

The International Exhibition ran from 1 Oct 1880 to 30 Apr 1881. The exhibition building that still stands was constructed for the occasion, designed by Joseph Reed and built by David Mitchell. Over 1.3 million people visited the exhibition at a time when Melbourne's population was only around 282,000.
Description:
Black and white print taken from a woodblock engraving and cut from an unidentified illustrated newspaper.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 355 mm (Width), 270 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, buildings, architecture, royal exhibition building, world fairs, exterior views
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: media coverage
Inscriptions: Text: THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION FOR 1880, NOW IN COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION. Handwritten in pencil: TOVI WEF 042 MELB-EXHIBITION BUILD. $30
Place & Date Made: Royal Exhibition Building (REB) Museum Collection, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1879-1880

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