Black & white photograph of a 1925 Morris & Son tray truck carrying the markings of Mayne Nickless, motor carriers, in the Mayne Nickless exhibit at the Melbourne International Centenary Exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, between 23 September and 5 October 1980.
Founded in 1886, Mayne Nickless continued through the twentieth century as one of Australia's largest multinational trucking companies, expanding into North American and European markets, before entering the health care sector in the 1980s. The company was plagued by regulatory investigations which revealed collusion practices in its trucking practices in the early 1990s. Deteriorating business performance and subsequent scandals in the company's health sector saw it sell a large portion of its hospital portfolio in 2003, before finally being broken up in 2005.
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
Black & white photograph depicting part of the Mayne Nickless exhibit at the Melbourne International Centenary Exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, between 23 September and 5 October 1980. The subject of the image is an early example of a Mayne Nickless marked 1925 Morris tray truck, reflecting the company's origins as a giant multinational trucking company, before they entered health care in the 1980s.
A black & white silver gelatin print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 01/2000
Place & Date Depicted
Photograph, Black & White
EXHIBITION CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS/ THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL CENTENARY EXHIBITION/ Part of Mayne Nickless Exhibit - Great Hall.
Type of item
246 mm (Width), 191 mm (Height)
Centenaries, Exhibitions: Melbourne International Centenary, 1980, Exhibitions: Melbourne International Centenary, 1980, Royal Exhibition Building, Royal Exhibition Building Trustees, Royal Exhibition Building: Centenary of Opening, Transport & Packaging