This is a colour tinted postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the south west facade with gardens and an unmade pathway in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard was sent to Miss Dorothy Moore, Elmore, 6 Audly Gardens, Seven Kings, Essex, England and is postmarked 7 February 1905.

The Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, which opened to visitors on 1 October 1880. On 9 May 1901, it hosted the opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia. By the early 20th century, picture postcards of the Exhibition Building were a popular Melbourne souvenir.

The division of the reverse of the postcard, allowing a message to be written on one half and the address on the other, was not permitted in Australia until 1905.

Physical Description

A black & white photograph of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade with garden and an unmade pathway in the foreground. There is a narrow white border on the left hand side and a wide white border on the right hand side, both containing handwritten inscriptions. On the reverse of the card there is a handwritten address in black ink, an orange one penny Victorian postage stamp and green half penny stamp.

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