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Postcard - Southern Facade, Exhibition Building, Harding & Billing, Melbourne, circa 1909 Image Reg. No: SH 960523

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 was sent from Sydney to Mr Sol Seches in Tennessee, USA, was made by Harding & Billing, Sydney & Auckland. The card is postmarked 3 April 1909.

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 middle at the bottom, 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 and address in black ink and green and red New South Wales postage stamps.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 86 mm (Height), 134 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, civic mementoes, 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, text: POST CARD/ Carte Postale; H&B; Australia
Reverse, handwritten: Syd. 3. 4. 09; via London; Melbourne is/ the capital of/ neighbouring State/ of Victoria. It is/ also the temporary/ Federal capital/ RH.; Mr Sol Seches/ Asst Postmaster/ Memphis Tenn/ USA
Publisher: Harding & Billing, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1909
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1909
Addressed To: Mr Sol Seches, Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America, 03 April 1909
Date Used: 03 April 1909

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