Colour photograph of the audience during the plenary session at the Rotary Pacific Regional Conference held in the Western Anenxe, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, between 26 and 29 November 1981.

More than 5,000 Rotarians from around the Pacific attended the conference in Melbourne to discuss 'The Future of the Pacific Region'. Speakers included the Honourable Malcolm Fraser, Rotary International President Stan McCaffrey, President Elect Horoji Mukasa, Ranald McDonald, representing the media, Sir Ian McLennon, representing industry, Japanese former Ambassador Nobuhiko Ushiba and Philippines Deputy Consul General Mrs Minerva Falcon, both representing diplomatic services, as well as other Rotarians.

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 across the crowded Western Annexe hall during the plenary session of the 1981 Rotary Pacific Regional Conference held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. The Honourable Malcolm Fraser can be seen speaking at a lectern on the stage in the far background.

Physical Description

A colour photographic print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.


Ten photographic albumbs maintained by the Exhibition Trustees' provide an invaluable visual record of the history, use, changes and restoration of the Exhibition Buildings prior to the building being recognised with a World Heritage Listing in 2004.

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