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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Marlborough Art Series, Melbourne, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 960604

This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade of the building with gardens in the foreground, circa 1910. The postcard, which was made by the Marlborough Art Co., was sent to Mr Will Witten aboard the HMS Challenger while it was docked at the Town Pier, Port Melbourne. The card is postmarked 27 June 1910.

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 taken from south west, with garden beds, trees and an unmade pathway in the foreground. The photograph is set within an oval shape and surrounded by a white border. Part of the border and picture are embossed. On the reverse of the postcard there is a handwritten message & address and an orange Victorian postage stamp postmarked Melbourne, 27 June 1910.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, civic mementoes, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, postcards, ships
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, MELBOURNE.
Reverse, text: POST CARD.; ADDRESS ONLY; Produced in Melbourne by MARLBOROUGH ART CO.
Reverse, handwritten: 33 Herbert Place/ Albert Park/ Melbourne / June 25 1910; Many thanks for your pretty/ P.C. which I received with/ your letters this morning./ I was sorry to hear that you/ did not go to the Theatre./ I will see you before you get/ this P.C. So will keep my/ news for then./ Best wishes from my Sisters./ Trusting that you are well/ and will like this card./ Your very (?) Phyllis.; Mr Will Witten/ c/o H.M.S. "Challenger"/ Town Pier/ Port Melbourne/ Victoria
Reverse, postmarked: MELBOURNE/ 27. JUN. 10. 4:30AM
Publisher: Marlborough Art Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, by 1910
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
Addressed To: Mr Will Witten, 1910
Place & Date Used: Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, 1910

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