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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1906 Reg. No: SH 960606
- 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, which was printed in Germany, was sent to Miss G Easton, 11 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, Scotland and is postmarked 28 August 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 colour tinted photograph of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building. In the foreground there are garden beds, shrubs and an unmade pathway. The sky is tinted blue and pink. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten address in black ink with an orange Victorian postage stamp stuck upside down on the card. It is postmarked Melbourne, 29 August 1906.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
|Dimensions:||89 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, civic mementoes, postcards, buildings|
|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
Obverse, handwritten: with love/ from aggie/ (?)
Reverse, text: POST CARD; This Space may be used for correspondence.; (FOR ADDRESS ONLY); Printed in Germany.
Reverse, handwritten: Miss G. Easton/ 11 Inverleith Row/ Edinburgh/ Scotland
|Place & Date Made:||Germany, by 1906|
|Place Depicted:||Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1906|
|Addressed To:||Miss G Easton, Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain, 1906|
|Place & Date Used:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1906|