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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1908 Object Reg. No: SH 960618

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing a view through the garden of the south west corner of the building, circa 1906. The postcard was sent to Miss J Martin, 20 Bellair St, Kensington.

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 Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.
Description:
A colour tinted photograph of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade with lawn, shrubs and gardens in the foreground. Part of the sky has been tinted orange. Three boys are sitting on the grass in front of the building. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten inscription and address in black ink and two green Victorian postage stamps. The postmark is illegible.
Acquisition Information:
Purchase & Subsequent Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB)
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, civic mementoes, buildings, 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: EXHIBITION BUILDINGS/ MELBOURNE
Reverse, text: POST CARD; CORRESPONDENCE HERE
Reverse, handwritten: Dear Miss Martin,/ Thanks very/ much for P.C. forgot/ to send one before./ Hoping there is/ some of you left/ after the heat./ Ethel; Miss. J. Martin/ 20 Bellair St/ Kensington
Place & Date Made: Australia, by 1908

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 1908
Addressed To: Miss J Martin
Date Used: 24 Jan 1908

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