Summary

Black and white wood block engraving from The Australasian Sketcher, 9 August, 1888 p. 121, published by Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne. Five different scenes show the installation of various aspects of the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition, 1888.

The 1888 Melbourne Centennial Exhibition opened at the Exhibition Buildings on the 1 August 1888 and closed at the end of January 1889. Unlike the 1880 International Exhibition, which had had a slow start but built throughout the course of the exhibition to be a highly successful and acclaimed event, the attendances at the Centennial Exhibition were somewhat flat, the Exhibition's opening being seen as the high-point. In part, this hinted at the slowing economic situation that would tip into the Depression of the early 1890s.

Physical Description

Black & white wood block engraving from The Australasian Sketcher. Five different scenes show the installation of various aspects of the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition, 1888. At the top of the page the illustration shows the Victorian Court being installed. Workmen are unloading cartons from a temporary tramway and assembling the booths. An official in suit and hat is directing their work. Parts of the hall are visible in the background. Below this is an illustration of a one of two kiosks being erected in the grounds of the Exhibition Building, the western lake on Rathdowne Street in the foreground, and the dome of the main building visible in the background. The third illustration shows the New Zealand Court and the New Zealand Midland Railway exhibit. A formally dressed lady and gentleman stand at the entrance with a workman. Below this is another view of the exterior of the Exhibition Building. A team of workers are beautifying the entrance while a gentleman in suit and hat gives directions. Horse drawn carts are being unloaded. The fifth illustration shows the United States exhibit in the process of being unpacked. The caption reads 'We Can't Be Ready In Time'.

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