Gentleman's Season Ticket, No. 57, for the Melbourne International Exhibition (MIE) issued to Mr Edward Matthew Jackson. The ticket grants the bearer entry to the exhibition during all hours of general admission after 2pm on 1st October 1880; the exhibition closed after seven months on 30 April 1881. The Melbourne International Exhibition was a focal point for Melbourne's social life with over 1,330,000 people attending the exhibition: over four times the population of Melbourne at the time. There were only 60 Gentlemen's season tickets sold during the MIE at a cost of £3, 3s each.

Edward Jackson was a partner in the Collins Street firm of Arnall & Jackson, printers, stationers, and publishers, with George N. Arnall. The firm was established in 1874 and the partnership between the two men dissolved in 1903 after which time Arnall carried on the firm alone, under the same name. At the MIE the company exhibited 'legal and other publications: specimens of printing, lithography, embossing, &c.' in Class 9 (Printing, Books), for which they were awarded two Third Order of Merits and a Fourth Order of Merit, and 'Lithogram' in Class 10 (Stationery, Bookbinding. Painting and Drawing Materials), for which they were awarded a Third Order of Merit.

Physical Description

Season ticket printed in black on grey, the reverse has a space for a photograph of the ticket holder (which has been removed at some point) along with their signature.

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