Black & white photograph of the 'Residency' at the far northern end of the Eastern Annexe, taken on 13 September 1971, showing the advanced stages of demolition of the masonry walls of the annexe since work commenced. Built in 1879, alongwith the rest of the original Exhibition Building, the 'Residency' was first occupied by the Secretary of the Exhibition Trustees in 1889, and subsequently by later secretaries until 1921. It was demolished between 31 August and 30 September 1971.
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 looking south of the northern end of the Eastern Annexe and the old 'Residency' being demolished. Cyclone wire fencing has been errected with signage that reads 'Gate 7 Nth/ CLOSED' at various intervals along the fence. A truck and a crane are visible behind the wire fencnig on the image right, and an elm tree dominates the centre foreground. The dome of the Exhibition Building is now visible beyond the partly demolished annexe.
A black & white silver gelatin 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.
Place & Date Depicted
Photograph, Black & White
Printed below photograph: Demolition of old "Residency" September 13th 1971.
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
253 mm (Width), 198 mm (Height)
Buildings, Demolition Equipment, Exhibitions: Melbourne International, 1880-1881, Royal Exhibition Building, Royal Exhibition Building Trustees, Royal Exhibition Building: History of Events, 1980-1989