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Postcard - Hochgurtel Fountain, Carlton Gardens, WT Pater, Melbourne, circa 1907 Image Reg. No: SH 960542

This is a colour postcard of the Hochgurtel Fountain immediately south of the Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens, circa 1907. The postcard, which is dated 4 August 1907, was printed in Germany by WT Pater.

The Exhibition Building and fountain were built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. The fountain was designed by Josef Hochgurtel, a young German artist from Cologne. It is Hochgurtel's only known piece of work in Australia.
A colour tinted postcard showing the Hochgurtel Fountain in the Carlton Gardens at the Exhibition Building. The fountain is the focus of the photograph and fine detail can be seen on the fountain. There are shrubs and garden in the background, which is tinted in green and orange. The reverse of the card contains a handwritten inscription in brown ink, dated 4 August 1907. There is no stamp.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: buildings, correspondence, exterior views, royal exhibition building, civic mementoes, souvenirs, 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: Fountain, Exhibition Gardens, Melbourne
Reverse, text: POST CARD; W.T.P.; This Space may be used for Correspondence; This Space for Address Only.; Printed/ in/ Germany/ 155/101082
Reverse, handwritten: Brown's Plains/ Aug. 4th 07/ Dear Teen/ I received your pc/ & was pleased with it. How/ did you get home from/ church, the creamy horse/ wasn't there. You ought to/ make him explain him/ self next time you see him/ but I was told that he went/ up for tea, but he wasn't/ on the creamy pony, you/ ought to tell him not/ to ride it so often as every/ body knows him by it. Did/ Bob arrive home yet, he/ must have had a good time/ How is Mary's heel I do hope it is gett/ ing better. Tell her she must not/ have a bad heel. for your birth/ day. It would be to bad. There/ was a good crowd at church/ today. Poor you was stuck in/ the corner by your yourself/ with love from may
Publisher: W.T. Pater, Germany, circa 1907

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, circa 1907
Date Used: 04 Aug 1907

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