Summary

Two prints published in The Australasian Sketcher in October 1880 depicting displays at the Melbourne International Exhibition: 'The German Imperial Tent' and 'The Bush Scene in the South Australian Court'.

The Melbourne International Exhibition (MIE) was held in the (Royal) Exhibition Building from 1 October 1880 - 30 May 1881. Germany had five displays spread across the building and temporary annexes. The Imperial Tent was located on the mezzanine above the entrance to the Avenue of Nations. The tent itself was valued at 2500 pounds, and the displays of silver, jewellery and plate inside were valued at 60,000 pounds. It was under constant guard by security personnel.

The South Australian presence at the MIE was considerably smaller than Germany's. All colonies were represented, though South Australia was the only one to create a tableaux depicting an idealised Australian bush scene, which also included an Australian Aboriginal man.

Physical Description

Printed page containing two wood engraving illustrations, on cream paper. Extensive text in columns on reverse.

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