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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1904 Reg. No: SH 960646
- This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the south west facade through the small shrubs and trees of the garden in 1904. The postcard was sent to Mr MH Bartlatt, 17 Molesworth Street, Armadale in December 1904.
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.
- A black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building from the south west showing the Rathdowne Street facade, garden and roadway. A thin white border is on the left of the photograph and a wider white border is on the right, which contains a handwritten inscription in black ink. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten address in black ink.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Deidre Barnett, 1989
|Dimensions:||88 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||buildings, civic mementoes, correspondence, 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|
|Tertiary Classification:||souvenir postcards|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse, text: EXHIBITION/ MELBOURNE; Copyright.
Obverse, handwritten: Just because its Thurs./ You'd get letters alright?/ am expecting one./ Hope you are all well,/ Yrs Sincerely, B./ "Hounslow"/ Dec 1904
Reverse, text: POST CARD; THE ADDRESS TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE; STAMP.
Reverse, handwritten: Mr M.H.H. Bartlatt/ 17 Molesworth St/ Armadale
|Place & Date Made:||Australia, 1904
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, 1904|
|Addressed To:||Mr M Barlatt, Armadale, Victoria, Australia, 1904|
|Date Used:||Armadale, Victoria, Australia, 1904|