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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1906 Image Reg. No: SH 960636

This is a colour tinted postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade with garden beds and an unmade pathway in the foreground, 1906. The postcard was sent to Mrs McGillvray, Tumut, New South Wales, and is postmarked 2 March 1906.

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 south west facade of the Exhibition Building with gardens and an unmade pathway in the foreground. The photograph is surrounded by a light blue tinted border and a white border. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten inscription and address 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
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 93 mm (Height), 140 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
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: Melbourne Exhibition.
Reverse, text: Post Card; This space may be used for Correspondence; For Address Only.
Reverse, handwritten: Hoping you are/ keeping well/ & also Miss McG./ I am sorry I was/ not at home to/ taste your scones,/ With love from/ Doris Emanuel; Mrs McGillvray/ Tumut/ N.S. Wales.
Reverse, postmarked: HAWTHORN/ MR 2/ 06/ VICTORIA; 48
Place & Date Made: Australia, 1906

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, 1906
Addressed To: Mrs McGillvray, 1906
Sender: Doris Emanuel, 1906
Place & Date Used: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, 1906
References: See Cook, David. 'Picture Postcards in Australia 1898-1920' for information regarding postcards.

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