Colour photograph of the location of the former Stadium Annexe switchboard in the recently completed new Eastern Annexe, in 1982. The Stadium Annexe was built at the rear of the Exhibition Buildings, running east-west off the Eastern Annexe, in October 1956. It was demolished in 1972 as part of the redevelopment of the Eastern Annexe site, following the demolition of the northern end of the Annexe late the previous year.
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 of a large open area in the eastern annexe with grey brick walls, concrete floor and a white panelled ceiling within which are fixed two square-shaped sections of lights and fire sprinklers. In the left section of the photograph there is a glass public telephone booth and a rectangular shaped office constructed from wide grey bricks with two white doors and small curtained windows. There is a sign above one of the doors which reads: "Function administration & enquiries" with a white arrow pointing down. To the left of this sign is a red "Exit" sign with an arrow pointing to the left. In the background to the right of the office are two sets of grey double doors which presumably contain the power switchboard. To the right of the grey double doors there is a large entrance into an area beyond.
A colour photgraphic 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.
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 01/2000
Place & Date Depicted
Printed below photograph: Switchboard Eastern Annexe 1982.
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
252 mm (Width), 202 mm (Height)
Buildings, Exhibitions: Melbourne International, 1880-1881, Royal Exhibition Building, Royal Exhibition Building Trustees, Royal Exhibition Building: Eastern Annexe, Royal Exhibition Building: History of Events, 1970-1979, Royal Exhibition Building: Stadium Annexe, Switchboards, Telephone Booths