Royal Exhibition Building
This grand old Victorian dame probably represents Melbourne better than
any other building because of the continuous and diverse service it has paid
to Melbournians. Erected in 1880 for our first Grand International
Exhibition it was built by Nellie Melba’s father. After the exhibitions of
1880 and 1888 it hosted the opening of Federal Parliament, housed our state
parliament for twenty-odd years, served as an emergency hospital during the
influenza epidemic after World War One, hosted several Olympic sports during
the Melbourne Olympic Games and has been the venue for countless exhibitions
and trade shows. This wonderful building, unlike some of its more ornate
Victorian cousins, is egalitarian and non-judgemental. One week it will be
hosting an upmarket society event for the top end of town, and the next week
it will be welcoming a throw out sale of remnants and remainders. It does
both with equal grace and is a building where Melburnians from all walks of
life feel “at home”.
For over a century the Royal Exhibition Building was used for major
exhibitions and trade shows. The venue now used for most such events is the
Convention Centre in Southbank (known by the locals as Jeff's Shed).
Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - Preparing to Roam the Dome: Stories from the Royal Exhibition Building
out at Melbourne from the
Royal Exhibition Building’s dome promenade was an experience enjoyed by
thousands of Melburnians in the nineteenth century. Learn about the
forthcoming Protection and Promotion project, which will reinstate the dome
experience for a new generation.
Hear from one of the project architects and the curator as they reveal
the conservation and other works involved in enabling access to the dome.
Then journey through the rich and eclectic history of the World
Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, with stories
from some of the objects that will form part of the interpretative
experience for the project.
- Michelle Stevenson is Senior Curator of Politics &
Society at Museums Victoria. She is passionate about history and enjoys
exploring new ways of connecting objects, stories and the community.
- Anne Marie Treweeke is an Associate Director at
Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants. She has over 20 years’
experience as an architect and master planner, delivering award-winning
projects in heritage contexts.
White Night Melbourne
White Night Melbourne uses installations, lighting, exhibitions, street
performances, film, music, dance and interactive events in a 12 hour
overnight event that transforms the city into a wonderland.
The Big Design Market
Featuring 230 stallholders across homewares,
textiles, fashion, furniture, lighting, stationery, lifestyle & kids
products. You can also attend creative workshops, pick up showbags at $25
each, or take advantage of the free
kids activities. White Hat suggests that you may find a number of items
suitable for Christmas gifts that are not your run-of-the-mill department
store fare. Adults $2 - children 12 and under free. Details at