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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Kookaburra Series, Melbourne, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 960653

This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the southern facade with trees and the lake in the foreground, circa 1910. The postcard, which is unused, was printed as no. 8 in the 'Kookaburra' series.

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.
A black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building showing the southern facade with the lake in the foreground. The building is reflected in the water and there are flags flying atop the building. On the reverse of the card there is a line drawing of a kookaburra with space for a message, an address and a stamp. The card is unused.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 84 mm (Height), 134 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: EXHIBITION BUILDING, MELBOURNE.
Reverse, text: "Kookaburra" Series Post Cards, 36 kinds, each with friendly/ motto, 3/- set.; No.8/ A cheery woman is the salt/ of the earth; LIFE IS A/ CAMERA./ LOOK PLEASANT/ PLEASE!; POST CARD; New Books/ BEAUTIFUL/ MELBOURNE/ 100 Views 2/-/ ALSO/ ARTISTIC/ MELBOURNE/ 17 Views 6d
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1910

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, circa 1910

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