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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 960667

Summary:
This is a black & white postcard showing the south west facade and gardens of the Exhibition Building, circa 1900. The postcard, which is unused, features a fold out section on the front that contains further views of Melbourne and Victoria. Photographs in the booklet include a birdseye view of Melbourne, Collins St, Princes Bridge, Parliament House, St Kilda Rd, St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne GPO, Torloo Bay - Lake Tyers, River Yarra and Aboriginals at Lake Tyers.

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.
Description:
A black & white photograph of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building with an unmade pathway, shrubs and gardens in the foreground and the Hochgurtel Fountain to the right hand side of the image. The photograph is mounted on heavy cardboard. The centre of the photograph is hinged on the left side and opens out to reveal 12 black & white photographs of Melbourne and Victoria. The book is secured with a bronze coloured clasp on the right. On the reverse of the card there is space to write an address and to place a stamp. The card is unused.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 92 mm (Height), 137 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, aboriginal people, postcards, streetscapes
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: With the Seasons Greetings. Melbourne Exhibition.
Reverse, text: Book Post.; ENTERED AT STATIONERS HALL./ Patented.; Foreign/ 1d/ Inter-State/ 1/2d
Place & Date Made: Australia, circa 1900

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 1900
Place & Date Depicted: Princes Bridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria: State Government, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Place & Date Depicted: St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne GPO, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Place & Date Depicted: Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Place & Date Depicted: Yarra River, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900

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