Colour photograph looking westwards along the northern balconies from the eastern side of the northern transept of the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, during the Sun News Pictorial Homes Show held between 18-26 August 1984, showing the continuing flooring and excavation work of the basement tunnel. The work was undertaken as part of a ten-month restoration and maintenance program carried out across 1984-85, called 'Programme '84. Work commenced on 14 June 1984 and was largely completed in time for the International Motor Show that opened on 7 March 1985.

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 from the northern transept looking west along the northern balcony of the Royal Exhibition Building in August 1984, showing visitors attending the Sun News Pictorial Homes Show in the northern balcony area while flooring and excavation work continues along the centre of the Great Hall at ground level.

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.

More Information