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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Harding & Billing, Melbourne, circa 1909 Image Reg. No: SH 960522

This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the southern facade, lake and dome from the south east circa 1909. The postcard, which is unused, was made by Harding & Billing, Sydney & Auckland.

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.
A black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building bordered by a thick greenish grey frame that is suggestive of a wooden frame. On the reverse, in the bottom left hand corner, are the initials HB on an artist's palette. This is the trademark of Harding & Billing, publishers, used in this format from approximately 1904. On the reverse there is a handwritten inscription in black ink. There is no stamp or date.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 86 mm (Height), 132 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, 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: Exhibition Building. Melbourne.
Reverse, handwritten: You can give one or two/ of these to the little girl / Allens if you like
Publisher: Harding & Billing, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1909
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1909

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