Colour photograph looking westwards along the Great Hall of the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, during the Sun News Pictorial Homes Show held between 18-26 August 1984, showing the continuing flooring and excavation work of the basement tunnel. The work was undertaken as part of a ten-month restoration and maintenance program carried out across 1984-85, called 'Programme '84. Work commenced on 14 June 1984 and was largely completed in time for the International Motor Show that opened on 7 March 1985.
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
View from the eastern nave looking west along the Great Hall of the Royal Exhibition Building in August 1984, showing visitors attending the Sun News Pictorial Homes Show in the northern balcony area while flooring and excavation work continues along the centre of the Great Hall at ground level.
A colour photographic print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.
The Exhibition Trustees' album containing this photograph provides an invaluable visual record of past maintenance and restoration work undertaken on the Royal Exhibition Buildings prior to the building being recognised with a World Heritage Listing in 2004.
Place & Date Depicted
Printed below photograph: Great Hall Flooring Project during Sun News/ Pictorial Homes Show '84. Exhibits in Gallery August/ 18th-26th.
Type of item
250 mm (Width), 201 mm (Height)
Buildings, Exhibitions: Melbourne International, 1880-1881, Floorings, Restoration, Royal Exhibition Building, Royal Exhibition Building Trustees, Royal Exhibition Building: History of Events, 1980-1989