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Postcard - Southern Facade, 'Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia', circa 1904 Object Reg. No: SH 960477

Summary:
Black & white postcard of the 'Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia', showing the southern facade of the building from the south-west, circa 1904. The postcard is in unissued condition.

The Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. On 9 May 1901, it hosted the opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia. By the early 20th century, picture postcards of the Exhibition Building were a popular Melbourne souvenir.

The division of the reverse of the postcard, allowing a message to be written on one half and the address on the other, was not permitted in Australia until 1905.
Description:
A black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building with the southern facade in the background and recently planted shrubs and hedges in the foreground. There is a white border around the photograph with the title below the image and space to write a message on the right. On the reverse of the card there is space to write an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 89 mm (Height), 139 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards, australia map postcard 1880
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia
Reverse, text: POST CARD.; THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE.
Date Made: pre 1905

The division of the reverse of the postcard, allowing a message to be written on one half and the address on the other, was not permitted in Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1905

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