13/08/2022

1861, Melbourne AU – Victorian Exhibition

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1861 Melbourne

Name:Victorian Exhibition
Dates:1 Oct – 29 Nov 1861
Days:60 days
Venue:
Theme: To collect together articles of produce and manufacture considered to be worthy items to be selected for display at the 1862 London International Exhibition
Exhibitors:Catalogue of the Victorian Exhibition pp 215-278
Awards:Catalogue of the Victorian Exhibition pp 279-300
Visitors:67,405
Legacy:Exhibits selected for London 1862

This exhibition was, as the name implies, almost exclusively Victorian. It was organised to collect together articles of produce and manufacture so worthy items could be selected for display at the London International Exhibition the following year. The exhibition opened on 1 October 1861 and closed on 29 November 1861. It was opened by the colonial Governor, Sir Redmond Barry

The Catalogue of the Victorian Exhibition, contained prefatory essays indicating the progress, resources and physical characteristics of the colony, taking up the first two thirds of the catalogue. The listing of exhibitors is on pp 215-278. Within each class exhibitors are listed alphabetically by surname. Then from pp 279-300 it lists the awards and their classes.

There is no separate listing for fine arts; the newspaper article below indicates that it was not made clear to artists that their work could be included, so there were few exhibits for the arts.

A copy of an article that appeared in the 2 Oct 1861 of The Argus may be viewed here, and one from the same date of The Age can be viewed here.

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