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Postcard - South West Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1905 Object Reg. No: SH 960451

Summary:
This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the south west facade through the small shrubs and trees of the garden in 1905. The postcard was sent from Wellington, New Zealand to Mr Kirkwood, Hyde Park Mansions, London, England on 15 October 1905.

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 Britain until 1902 and Australia until 1905.
Description:
A black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building from the south west showing Rathdowne Street facade, garden and roadway. A thin white border is on the left of the photograph and a wider white border is on the right. Both borders contain a handwritten inscription in black ink. On the reverse of the postcard, an address is handwritten in black ink. In the upper right hand corner, there is a pink, one penny New Zealand postage stamp and the card is postmarked 1905.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, correspondence, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, buildings, postcards, exterior views
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Secondary Classification: Revenue
Tertiary Classification: souvenir postcards
Inscriptions: Obverse, text: EXHIBITION/ MELBOURNE; Copyright.
Obverse, handwritten: Wellington n.z. Oct. 15th 1905. G. K.; And still/ yet another/ of Melbourne's/ buildings!/ I wish you/ had been/ with me to/ see them &/ that you/ could be/ here now!/ However I think/ you will like/ all these/ cards. It is/ quite a business/ sending them!
Reverse, text: POST CARD; THE ADDRESS TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE.
Reverse, handwritten: Mr Kirkwood/ 8L Hyde Park Mansions/ London. W./ England
Reverse, postmarked: 11:30AM/ 24 OC 05
Place & Date Made: Australia, 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 & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1905
Addressed To: Mr Kirkwood, London, England, Great Britain, 24 Oct 1905
Place & Date Used: Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, 1905

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