Colour photograph of the Hon Thomas W. Roper, MLA, Minister of Health (1982-85) signing the visitor's book, following the unveiling of a plaque, by Roper, commemorating the use of the Royal Exhibition Building as a hospital during the influenza outbreak of 1919. Present are the Hon Thomas Roper, MLA, Director of the Exhibition Trustees, John Elden, Chairman of the Trustees, Linton Lethlean, and Mr Ken Christian.

This is one of 959 photographs (or images) of the Exhibition Building collated by the Exhibition Trustees as a 10 volume pictorial history of the Exhibition Building spanning the years 1880 to 1985. The pictorial history was instigated by the centenary of the Exhibition Building in 1980 and forms part of a larger Royal Exhibition Building collection of documents, photographs, objects and research files.

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Party of four men in a room in Centennial Hall, Royal Exhibition Building, overlooking the eastern forecourt, with the Hon Thomas Roper MLA about to sign the Exhibition Trustees' visitors book, following the unveiling of a plaque by Rope commemorating the use of the Royal Exhibition Building as a temporary hospital during the 1919 influenza outbreak.

Physical Description

A colour photographic print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.


The Exhibition Trustees' album containing this photograph provides an invaluable visual record of past maintenance and restoration work undertaken on the Royal Exhibition Buildings prior to the building being recognised with a World Heritage Listing in 2004.

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