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Postcard - The Sun Dial, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1908 Image Reg. No: SH 960651

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the southern facade and the sundial in the gardens, circa 1908. The postcard was sent to Miss E Head, Devonport, England and is postmarked 3 June 1908.

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.
A colour tinted photograph of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building with lawn, trees and the sun dial in the foreground. The photograph is tinted in mauve, orange and green. On the reverse of the card there is an extensive 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: 89 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, 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: The Sun Dial, Exhibition Gardens, Carlton.
Obverse, inscription: (?)/ 3.6.08/ Melbourne
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This Space may be used for Correspondence.; This Space for Address Only.
Reverse, handwritten: Dear Ethel,/ Doll has asked/ me to send you a card She/ thought it was so good of you/ to enquire after her. She is re ad/ mitted into the hospital again./ The paper will tell you all the news/ Well I think Maude's baby is very/ much like her little sister/ Doll said you must not forget/ her & to give her love to your father/ & accept love from Doll & myself/ from Dolly & Addie xx; Miss E. Head/ 9 Sorows heud Ave (?)/ Keepham Barton (?)/ Devonport/ England, Devon
Reverse, postmarked: VICT 1908
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1908
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908
Addressed To: Miss E Head, Devonport, England, Great Britain, 1908
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, 1908

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