Colour photograph of 'Sweetheart' on display in the Northern Terrtiory government's exhibit at the Melbourne International Centenary Exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, between 23 September and 5 October 1980. Sweetheart was an infamous saltwater crocodile measuring over 5 metres in length that was captured in a billabong on the Finniss River in July 1979 after a series of attacks on small dinghies and alumnium boats in preceeding years. Sweetheart's taxidermied body and skeleton are now a major exhibit at the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.
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.
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Colour photograph of 'Sweetheart' on display in the Northern Terrtiory government's exhibit at the Melbourne International Centenary Exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, between 23 September and 5 October 1980. Signage at the rear of the exhibit reads "SWEETHEART/ The Northern Territory Crocodile".
A colour photographic print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 01/2000
Place & Date Depicted
EXHIBITION CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS/ THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL CENTENARY EXHIBITION/ Northern Territory's Government Exhibition - Eastern Annexe - "SWEETHEART"
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
248 mm (Width), 201 mm (Height)
Colin Stringer, 'The saga of Sweetheart', Adventure Publications, Casuarina, NT, 1986; reprinted Gecko Books, Marleston, SA, 2006
Buildings, Centenaries, Exhibitions: Melbourne International Centenary, 1980, Exhibitions: Melbourne International Centenary, 1980, Royal Exhibition Building, Royal Exhibition Building Trustees, Royal Exhibition Building: Centenary of Opening