Colour photograph of John Elden, Director of the Exhibition Trustees, shaking hands with Ken Thorpe, General Manager of Thomson Australian Holdings, at the Exhibition Trustee's table at the Convention Travel Mart held Sydney's Menzies Hotel on 16 February 1982. Also present are John Duval of JC Duval Advertising, John Armstrong, General Manager of JADS, and Keith Lewis, Marketing Director of the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds, Sydney.

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

A model of the Royal Exhibition Buildings, with its most recent additions, is displayed on a table, behind which are a number of photographic prints of views of the new buildings' interiors and the Grollo Fountain. John Elden is shaking hands with Ken Thorpe, of Thomson Australian Holdings, with other exhibitors, John Armstrong, Keith Lewis and John Duval also present. Other exhibitors' displays can be seen in the background.

Physical Description

A colour photographic 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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