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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 960661

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the southern facade of the building from the south west, circa 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Britain.

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 colour tinted photograph of the Exhibition Building and grounds from the south west corner. The sky is tinted in orange and blue to represent a sunset. The domes of the building are brown and the gardens and trees are in green. On the reverse of the card there is space to write an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 138 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
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: The Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
Reverse, text: POST CARD; THIS SPACE MAY BE USED/ FOR COMMUNICATION; THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE/ WRITTEN HERE; INLAND,/ 1/2d./ STAMP./ FOREIGN,/ 1d./ (Printed in Britain.)
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, circa 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, circa 1905

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