Where is it from?

Association locations map

Tags

Add your own tags:
Separate multiple tags using a comma

Similar items over time

Postcard - Eastern Forecourt & French Fountain, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1909 Object Reg. No: SH 960698

Summary:
This is a colour postcard depicting the eastern forecourt of the Exhibition Building including the French Fountain and statues, circa 1909. The postcard, which was printed in Germany, was sent from Melbourne to George Sorlik Esq, Tivoli Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales.

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 eastern forecourt of the Exhibition Building showing statues and the French Fountain in front of the eastern annexe. The postcard is tinted green, blue and cream. On the reverse there is a handwritten inscription and address and a one penny Victorian postage stamp.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 136 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, fountains, 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: Melbourne; Exhibition Garden
Reverse, text: POST CARD; THIS SPACE MAY BE WRITTEN UPON.; ADDRESS ONLY.; Printed in Germany.
Reverse, handwritten: Mst George./ Arrived in Melbourne/ safely, was coming on/ by five train, but/ there is such a crowd/ I'll wait. Address G.P.O./ Melbourne. Received your/ letter (Allright). Fanie; George Sorlik Esq/ Tivoli Theatre/ Sydne / N.S.W.
Reverse, postmarked: MELBOURNE/ 16/ 11A - 18 AP 09/ VICTORIA
Place & Date Made: Germany, 1905-1909

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 1909
Addressed To: George Sorlick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1909
Date Used: 1909

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.

Themes

This item is part of the following themes:

Similar items

Yes No