Summary

Black & white photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by His Royal Higness The Duke of Edinburgh, as she arrives for the Lord Mayor's Ball held at the Exhibition Building on Wednesday, 2 March 1954. They are welcomed by Councillor Robert Solly, Lord Mayor of Melbourne and an Exhibition Trustees from 1953-68.

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 of HM Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, stepping from the royal car as she arrives for the Lord Mayor's Ball held at the Exhibition Building on Wednesday, 2 March 1954. They are welcomed by Councillor Robert Solly, Lord Mayor of Melbourne and an Exhibition Trustees from 1953-68. A man in dress uniform holds the car door open while a women in a dress can be seen in the darkened background.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.

Significance

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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