Search the collections
Where is it from?
- A Place & Date Depicted Melbourne, Australia
Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1905 Reg. No: SH 960603
- This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade of the building with garden beds and an unmade pathway in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription on the reverse, features a large 'V' on the front possibly referring to Victoria.
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 colour photograph of the Exhibition Building showing a view from south west with an unmade path and garden beds in the foreground. A large 'V' is stamped over the picture and decorated with a line of silver glitter. On the reverse of the card there is space to write an address and to place a stamp. There is a brief handwritten inscription in black ink but no date or stamp.
|Dimensions:||104 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)|
|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|
|Primary Classification:||ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING|
|Tertiary Classification:||souvenir postcards|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse, text: MELBOURNE EXHIBITION; V
Reverse, text: POST CARD.; This part may be used for/ Correspondence./ For inland use only.; Address only to be here; Put/ stamp/ here.
Reverse, handwritten: To Veronica/ from/ May Tuck
|Place & Date Made:||Australia, circa 1905
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 1905|
|Person Named:||May Tuck|