Black & white photograph looking down from the northern transept balcony at the construction of the transept service tunnel which runs into the main east-west service tunnel in the basement of the Great Hall of the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, taken on 6 September 1984. 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 of the construction of the service tunnel in the basement of the northern transept of the Great Hall of the Royal Exhibition Building during 'Programme '84', a maintenance programe carried out across 1984-85 which included the replacement of the timber flooring.

Physical Description

A black & white silver gelatin 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.

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