World Heritage Community Day

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Past Event: 21 April 2013

Watercolour of Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building

The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens is Victoria’s only World Heritage site.

UNESCO declared the Building and surrounding gardens to be of world heritage significance in July 2004.

The Royal Exhibition Building is historically significant as the only major extant nineteenth century international exhibition building anywhere in the world that is still used for its original purpose.

It has been the stage for highly significant and historic national events, including the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880 and the opening of the first Federal Parliament of Australia in May 1901. The Building is one of the finest and largest nineteenth century buildings in Australia. It was designed by Joseph Reed of the Melbourne architectural firm Reed and Barnes. Reed was also responsible for many of Melbourne’s most prestigious public buildings, including the Melbourne Town Hall and State Library. The Royal Exhibition Building was built by David Mitchell, Dame Nellie Melba’s father.

The ‘Gardenesque’ style Carlton Gardens feature outstanding avenues, specimen trees, a curator’s lodge, two lakes, a nineteenth century path layout and Josef Hochgurtel’s Exhibition Fountain of 1880. The fountain and the ‘Grand Allee’ lined with Plane trees are integral to the setting of the Royal Exhibition Building.

12:15 arrival for a 12:30 start
12.30 – 2.30pm Public Forum,
2:30-3.30pm Tours of the REB alternating with a presentation demonstrating some online tools for researching and presenting family and local history.

Coalition of Residents’ Associations in City of Melbourne and Fitzroy: