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Postcard - Eastern Facade, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, circa 1912 Object Reg. No: HT 7098

Summary:
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the eastern facade and southern drive with two fences in the foreground, circa 1912. The postcard, which was printed in Great Britain, was sent to Mrs Mortimer in Lawler, South Australia and is postmarked 13 May 1912.

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.
Description:
A colour tinted photograph of the Exhibition Building from the east, showing the eastern facade through the trees, the southern drive and a pathway in the foreground. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten inscription, an address and a postmark. The stamp has been removed.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: royal exhibition building, souvenirs, civic mementoes, buildings, exterior views, postcards, correspondence
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 Building, Melbourne.
Reverse, text: POST CARD.; PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN.; THE OPPOSITE SPACE MAY BE USED FOR/ CORRESPONDENCE TO ALL COUNTRIES.; This Space for Address only.; STAMP.
Reverse, handwritten: Melbourne/ Saturday/ Dear Mother/ We arrived here safely/ this morning at 7am. Had/ a very smooth trip, but I/ have not been very well,/ seasick. Feeling better today hope/ to keep well the rest of journey./ Jack is looking after me splen/ didly, I don't think he will want/ to take me for any more sea/ trips. Sail this afternoon at 4./ Will write again Monday from/ Sydney. Best love to all./ Jack is keeping/ very well/ Vera - Jack; Mrs Mortimer/ 'Kinross'/ Gawler./ South Australia.
Reverse, postmarked: 13 MAY 12 4:30AM; VICTORIA
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, circa 1912
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1912
Addressed To: Mrs Mortimer, Gawler, South Australia, Australia, 1912

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