Colour photograph of staff of the Royal Exhibition Buildings gathered for a group photograph at the Farewell for Ruth Bowman, personal assistant to John Elden, Director of the Exhibition Trustees, between July 1974 and August 1984.

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.

Description of Content

Group of six staff, including the Director of the Exhibition Trustees, John Elden, standing in front of a window and posing for the camera in the Trustees' room in Centennial Hall, Royal Exhibition Building, on the occassion of a farewell held for Ruth Bowman, Elden's personal assistant between July 1974-August 1984. Through the window behind them can be seen the eastern forecourt of the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.

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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