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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1908 Reg. No: SH 960640
- This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade of the building and the gardens in the foreground, circa 1908. It shows an electric light, urn and fence within the garden. The postcard, which was printed in Belgium, was sent to Miss Lucy Tizard, Hazeldeen, Manly, Sydney.
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 corner showing the garden in the foreground with roses in flower, trees and shrubs. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten address and inscription in black ink. In the upper right hand corner there is an orange Victorian postage stamp.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1996
|Dimensions:||87 mm (Height), 137 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards, buildings|
|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 Building. - Melbourne.
Reverse, text: POST CARD; THIS SPACE MAY BE USED FOR/ CORRESPONDENCE.; THIS SPACE ... / ADDRESS
Reverse, handwritten: I hope Cassie is/ pleased with her/ situation, how did/ Nellie and you get/ home after seeing me/ off. Give all my Kind/ love and accept some/ yourself from RM (?); 26/1/08; Miss Lucy Tizard/ Hazeldeen/ Manly/ Sydney/ N.S.W.
Reverse, postmarked: MELBOURNE/ 5/ 430 A 27 JA 06/ VICTORIA
|Place & Date Made:||Belgium, 1908|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908|
|Addressed To:||Miss Lucy Tizard, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1908|
|Place & Date Used:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908|