Black & white photograph looking towards the organ in the western nave of the Great Hall of the Exhibition Building, showing preparations underway on 27 February 1958 for the visit to Melbourne by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

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 through the western nave towards the Grand Organ, showing the decorative planting, draped banners, and arranged chairs in the nave in preparation for a reception held as part of the Royal Visit on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, to Australia in 1958.

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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