The 'Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880 -1881' is a valuable resource regarding Melbourne's first International Exhibition. It outlines a brief history of the colony and exhibitions throughout history. It also provides a complete catalogue of exhibits, and jury reports and prizes. There are a number of advertisements throughout the publication.

The Melbourne International Exhibition (MIE) ran from 1 October 1880 to 30 April 1881. The (Royal) Exhibition Building, designed by Joseph Reed and built by David Mitchell, was especially constructed for the occasion. Over 1.3 million people visited the exhibition at a time when Melbourne's population was only around 282,000.

Physical Description

Brown cloth hard covered copy of the Official Record of the above exhibition with gold impressed decorative work on spine.

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