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Author Dunstan, David, 1950- author

Title Victorian icon : the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne / David Dunstan ; with contributions by Mimi Colligan [and fourteen others]
Published Kew, Vic. : The Exhibition Trustees in association with Australian Scholarly Publishing, 1996


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
Description xv, 520 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits. ; 31 cm
Series Classroom pictures ; 82
Classroom pictures ; 82
Contents 1. Prehistory -- The culture of the international exhibitions / Graeme Davison -- Graham Berry and politics in Victoria / David Dunstan -- Judge Barry lays down the law / David Dunstan -- A permanent exhibition building? / David Dunstan -- The Paris commission / David Dunstan -- The providence of Paris / David Dunstan -- An exhibition at last / David Dunstan -- Laying the foundation stone / David Dunstan -- 2. The building -- A permanent and extensive exhibition building / Allan Willingham -- Interior decorations and aesthetic styles / Joan M. Cornell -- As perfect as any organ in the colonies / John Maidment -- The best view yet / David Dunstan -- Mr Hochgurtel's fountain / David Dunstan -- Beautifying the grounds / David Dunstan -- 3. Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81 -- Countdown to the exhibition / David Dunstan -- A musical opening / David Dunstan and Mimi Colligan -- Doing the exhibition / David Dunstan -- Fine art for purchase and contemplation / Sheridan Palmer -- Medals, prizes and mementos / John Sharples -- A debate in the House / David Dunstan -- Sir William John Clarke bart / David Dunstan -- 4. As popular as possible -- Arriving at a common decision / David Dunstan -- Louis Lawrence Smith / Mimi Colligan and David Dunstan -- The Melbourne Proms / Mimi Colligan -- The 1884 Jubilee Exhibition / Mimi Colligan -- Fairs, flesh and fund-raising / Mimi Colligan and David Dunstan -- Finding the top dog / Mimi Colligan and David Dunstan -- Inhabitants of the Ocean World / David Dunstan and Elsie Graham -- The Chinese Pageant / David Dunstan --
5. Centennial International Exhibition, 1888 -- Doing it all over again / David Dunstan -- The latest in artistic endeavours / Sheridan Palmer -- More musical entertainments / Mimi Colligan -- Another round of awards / John Sharples -- 6. More popular than ever -- A people's palace? / David Dunstan -- Not an ideal concert hall / Mimi Colligan -- Art in decline / Sheridan Palmer -- Foundation Day and the ANA / David Dunstan -- Believers sanctified, backsliders reclaimed, sinners saved / David Dunstan -- Eight hours celebrations / Mimi Colligan -- Managing fish / David Dunstan and Elsie Graham -- Unrolling a mummy / David Dunstan and Elsie Graham -- The cyclorama of early Melbourne / Mimi Colligan -- From boneshakers to the cage of death / David Dunstan -- James Egerton Sherrard, secretary to the trustees / David Dunstan -- 7. Federation - the early years -- A nation at Melbourne / David Dunstan -- 'The big picture' / John Rickard -- Proof of the fact / David Dunstan and Elsie Graham -- The grand old flag / Elsie Graham -- Some modest, unobtrusive symbol / Elsie Graham and David Dunstan -- The Ultima Thule of pyrotechnic effect / Mimi Colligan -- The maze is open / Elsie Graham and David Dunstan -- All for Australia / David Dunstan -- Neptune's daughter / David Dunstan and Elsie Graham -- Melba's musical magic / Mimi Colligan -- Australia, motherland we love / Mandy Paul -- The great white fleet / Keith Dunstan -- Australia's Olympia: the 1912 Victorian motor show / Sheryl Yelland --
8. The interwar years -- Men of the Trust / David Dunstan -- Fever hospital / Anthea Hyslop -- A mecca for Australians / David Dunstan -- A pang of regret / David Dunstan -- Homes for pen-pushers / David Dunstan -- From Hallelujah to Hiawatha / Mimi Colligan -- Myer Day for 11,000 / Keith Dunstan -- Motor shows and marketing manoeuvres / Sheryl Yelland -- Keeping their heads above water / David Dunstan -- Home and hearth / Seamus O'Hanlon -- Racing and politics / David Dunstan -- 9. Down but not out -- The redoubtable Mrs Green / David Dunstan -- Marching as to war / David Dunstan -- Mrs Green and the Air Force / David Dunstan -- John Ryan's hotel / David Dunstan -- A white elephant? / David Dunstan -- Fish, flames and finance / David Dunstan -- A very British establishment: the migrant reception centre / John Lack -- Traitorous and disloyal utterances / David Dunstan -- Crying for development / David Dunstan -- A certain grandeur / Mimi Colligan -- An ignominious end for the organ / John Maidment -- Home ownership and home improvement / Seamus O'Hanlon -- Transports of desire: motor shows 1948-95 / Sheryl Yelland -- A glorious transformation / David Dunstan -- Revival / David Dunstan -- John Elden remembers -- 10. Return to glory -- And so it became 'Royal' / Keith Dunstan -- A number of turning points / David Dunstan -- A change of direction / David Dunstan -- Compiling the shopping list / Allan Willingham -- The return of the artist / Sheridan Palmer -- Calling for volunteers / David Dunstan -- The end of an era / David Dunstan
Summary “Specially constructed in the Carlton Gardens for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880-81, the Royal Exhibition Building is a grand expression of Victorian style and optimism. For many years it was the largest building in Australia, attracting spectacular events like the Centennial International Exhibition of 1888 and the opening of Federal Parliament in 1901. It has taken everything in its stride - housing the Victorian State Parliament, an influenza hospital, an examination centre, an art gallery and museum, a Royal Australian Air Force depot, a migration centre, a war memorial and government offices. It has also served as the location for concerts, revival meetings, sporting events, trade fairs and baby shows. Older Australians will remember the Aquarium and the Royale Ballroom. Since 1945, the building has been Melbourne's main commercial exhibition venue, introducing countless Australians to new developments in housing, automobiles, leisure, art and computes. Yet once it was condemned as a white elephant, threatened with demolition, neglected and branded a fire trap. Nonetheless, it has survived and prospered. In recent years its value has been better recognised. Restored by its trustees, its fabric, sculptures, fountains, sumptuous interior decorations and murals now reveal their former glory. This wonderfully ornate building is today recognised as a rare example of its type and period, the most intact of the nineteenth-century World Fair buildings, and a work of art in its own right.”--Book jacket
Analysis Buildings
Royal Exhibition Building (Melbourne, Vic)
Notes Includes index
Leatherbound limited ed. of 200 copies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 496-508) and index
Notes Text in Russian
Subject Reed, Joseph, 1823-1890 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Exhibition Building (Melbourne, Vic.) -- History
Royal Exhibition Building (Melbourne, Vic.)
Royal Exhibition Building (Melbourne, Vic.) -- History.
Architecture, Victorian -- Australia -- Melbourne (Vic.)
Exhibition buildings -- Australia -- Melbourne (Vic.)
Exhibition buildings -- Australia -- Melbourne (Vic.) -- History.
Exhibition buildings -- Australia -- Victoria -- Melbourne (Vic.) -- History.
Melbourne (Vic.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Author Colligan, Mimi, author
LC no. 96171276
ISBN 1875606297
1875606300 (leatherbound)
Other Titles Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne