Colour photograph of the arrival of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held between 30 September and 7 October 1981. She is accompanied by the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, Director of the Exhibition Trustees, John Elden, and Sir John Bunting, Warwick Smith, Ken Hutchings and Brian Cox.

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

Arrival of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser at the Royal Exhibition Building during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 1981. The hall is festooned with flags of the various attending countries, while media photographers capture the moment of her arrival.

Physical Description

A colour photographic print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.


Ten photographic albumbs maintained by the Exhibition Trustees' provide an invaluable visual record of the history, use, changes and restoration of the Exhibition Buildings prior to the building being recognised with a World Heritage Listing in 2004.

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