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Newspaper Cutting - 'Receiving Exhibits' & 'Unpacking Exhibits in Machinery Department', The Australasian Sketcher, Melbourne,14 Aug 1880 Document Reg. No: SH 960717

Summary:
Two pages (pp. 195-196) from The Australian Sketcher, published Saturday 14 August 1880 by Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne. On the second page are two engravings illustrating the receipt and unpacking of exhibits for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition.

From early July 1880, a staff of approximately forty men was employed to receive goods arriving in connection with the International Exhibition. Commentators, perhaps unaware of the scale of the forthcoming exhibition, observed that 'it is evident that the commissioners anticipate some enormously heavy exhibits. In Nicholson and Rathdowne-streets, an immense gallows-like framework, clumsy in appearance and expensive in style, as been erected, to the disfigurement of those thoroughfares during the whole period that the Exhibition will remain open' (Argus, Saturday, 10 July 1880, p. 7). The 'gallows-like framework' is illustrated in the top of the two illustrations.
Description:
Page 195 is covered in three columns of newsprint with a small article in column two describing the delivery and unpacking of items for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition at the Exhibition Building. Page 196 contains two half-page black & white woodblock engravings. The first shows crates being received at the Drummond Street entrance to the Exhibition Building and being unloaded and moved via a tramway and pulley system with workers and supervisors also pictured. The second illustration shows crates being moved through the machinery department via a tramway, with workmen in the background unpacking items from crates.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 405 mm (Height), 295 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, illustrations, royal exhibition building, world fairs
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: Page 196: Top: 196; THE AUSTRALASIAN SKETCHER.
Top margin, p.196: THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION.
Below illustrations, p.196: RECEIVING EXHIBITS.; UNPACKING EXHIBITS IN MACHINERY DEPARTMENT.
Printer: Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne, Central, Victoria, Australia, 14 Aug 1880
Place & Date of Event: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1 Oct 1880 - 30 Apr 1881

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