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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1906 Image Reg. No: SH 960608

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing a view through the garden of the south-west corner of the building, circa 1906. The postcard was sent to Mrs FE Parlett, Byron Street, Canterbury.

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 tinted photograph of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade with lawn, shrubs and gardens in the foreground. Part of the sky has been tinted orange. Three boys are sitting on the grass in front of the building. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten inscription and address in black ink and an orange Victorian postage stamp with the postmark obscured.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, postcards, civic mementoes
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 Exhibition and Gardens, Carlton.
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This Space may be used for Correspondence; This Space for Address Only.
Reverse, handwritten: Dear Auntie,/ We did not receive any/ letter from Sydney,/ so I could not forward/ it on to you. I suppose/ Emma arrived all/ right, we have not/ heard anything more./ Hope you are all/ well. How is the new/ House maid working/ Love from all./ Amy; Mrs F. E. Parlett/ Byron Street/ Canterbury.
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 Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1905
Addressed To: Mrs F Parlett, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia

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