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Postcard - Carlton Gardens & Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1907 Object Reg. No: SH 960615

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of Carlton Gardens showing the Exhibition Building in the background, circa 1907. The postcard was sent to Mrs C Amery, Buckingham St, Richmond and is postmarked and dated 16 March 1907.

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 Carlton Gardens showing a pathway between two large, fenced-in gardens. The dome of the Exhibition Building can be seen in the middle of the photograph. The image is tinted blue, yellow, pink & green with an orange tint on the horizon. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten inscription in black ink and an orange Victorian postage stamp.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 59 mm (Height), 136 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, 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: The Carlton Gardens.
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This Space may be used for Correspondence; This Space for Address Only.
Reverse, handwritten: 16/3/07/ Dear Mrs A./ Lil and I/ are just going to/ see who is elected/ hoping Mr Wright/ is in/ Hoping this/ will find you/ improving in health/ Rose; Mrs C. Amery/ Buckingham St/ Richmond
Reverse, postmarked: MELBOURNE/ 18/ 2:30A 16 MR.07/ VICTORIA
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1907

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 1907
Addressed To: Mrs C Amery, Victoria, Australia, 16 Mar 1907
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1907

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