Envelope with postal stamp torn off; no postal mark. Handwritten address on the front, to an RAAF serviceman based at the Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens.
The envelope was found under the floorboards of the balcony level of the Gallery, Great Hall, Royal Exhibition Building, when replaced in 1989 as part of a restoration program. Many other items dating back to the 1940s were also found, providing an insight into the lifestyle and interests of RAAF personnel stationed in the building.
Royce Phillips served as a Leading Aircraftman (AC1, or Aircraftman) in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II, service number 47290. He enlisted on 9 December 1941 at Kilkenny, SA, and was discharged 5 Mar 1946.
The formal wartime occupation of the Exhibition Building began in October 1940, when it was requisitioned for the RAAF under the National Security (General) Regulations. Partitioning work began in January 1941, and on 15 March the RAAF no.1 School of Technical Training was moved to the Exhibition Building from West Melbourne Technical School. Before long the Great Hall and surrounding areas were crowded with Air Force personnel. About 500 to 700 men lived there for varying periods of time; numbers peaked in 1942, when about 2000 personnel were accommodated. The central part of the building was a mess hall. The arena was occupied by a kitchen, laundry blocks, a storeroom and a playing field. The southern and eastern sides of the building were used for parades and drilling. The RAAF remained in control of the Exhibition Building until October 1946. (David Dunstan,1996, Victorian Icon)
Envelope with postal stamp torn off; no postal mark. Handwritten address on the front. Interior of the envelope is green.
Reason for Acquisition: Transfer from the Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building
From 1940 to 1945 the Exhibition Building was occupied by the Royal Australian Air Force as a training school. About 500 to 700 men lived in for varying periods of time. When the floorboards on the balcony level of the Great Hall were replaced as part of the restoration program, many items dating back to the 1940s were found. These provide an insight into the lifestyle and interests of RAAF personnel stationed in the building.
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Sep 1991
Front, handwritten: 47290 RAAF / A.C.I. Phillips / 130 Fitters / ISTT / Exhibition Blds / Melbourne / Vic.
Type of item
14.4 cm (Length), 9 cm (Height)
Exhibition Collection Management
145 mm (Width), 90 mm (Height)
corner is missing
90 mm (Length), 143 mm (Width), 1 mm (Height)
Measurement From Conservation. Measuring Method: Maximum dimensions
[Book] Dunstan, David. 1996. Victorian Icon: The Royal Exhibition Building., 377-386 Pages