Black & white photograph looking into the western nave of the Great Hall of the Exhibition Building, showing the interior decorations as part of the Royal Visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Australia in 1954.
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 west along the Great Hall showing small sculptures of a lion and horse, the two animals featured n the British Royal coat-of-arms, draped banners, and various others decorations installed in the Hall in preparation for the visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.
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.
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 01/2000
Place & Date Depicted
Photograph, Black & White
Printed below photograph: Royal Visit 1954. Great Hall looking west to back cloth depicting/ Windsor Castle. Six thousand guests attended the ball held on/ March 2nd. On February 27th a State Banquet was held in the Royale/ Ballroom and on March 8th a State Reception was held in the Great Hall.
Type of item
253 mm (Width), 202 mm (Height)
Buildings, Exhibitions: Melbourne International, 1880-1881, Royal Exhibition Building, Royal Exhibition Building Trustees, Royal Exhibition Building: History of Events, 1950-1959, Royal Visits, Royalty: British