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Creator: Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition (1887)

Place of Creation: Adelaide

Published by Printed by Webb Vardon & Pritchard

Date of creation : 1887

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Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition celebrated 50 years of settlement in South Australia, and showcased produce and manufactured goods from Australian colonies and selected overseas countries. This 'golden jubilee' exhibition was held in the purpose built Exhibition Building, which featured a main hall and dome.

For ease of transport of exhibits, a branch line was built from Adelaide Railway Station to the Exhibition Building located further up North Terrace. This exhibition also celebrated the jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign. The building was demolished in 1963.

The Exhibition was opened at noon on Tuesday 21 July 1887 by the Governor, Sir WCF Robinson, with great ceremony. The Exhibition was then opened to the general public, who were charged one shilling, with children under 14 half-price. Season tickets were also available. The building provided 296,720 square feet of floor space and 73,893 feet of wall space. The entries were judged by 200 jurors, under the superivision of Dr Rennie, of the University of Adelaide. The Awards ceremony was held on the evening of 30 November. In all 789,672 people visited the exhibition, more than twice Adelaide's population of 309,820. The exhibition closed on 6 January 1888.

One of the State Library's copies of the Exhibition catalogue contains two season tickets: no. 4026 and a child's season ticket to the Exhibition, no. 404. Both show signs of heavy use.

The Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition was modelled on the Great Exhibition of 1851, staged in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London. It was not a lone imitator. International exhibitions were staged in many cities around the world in emulation of this first great exhibition of industry and production.


Further reading

Ceremonial to be observed on the occasion of the opening of the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition by His Excellency Sir W.C.F. Robinson, G.C.M.G., Tuesday 21st June, 1887 Adelaide: E. Spiller, Govt. Printer, 1887

Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition (1887) Proposed South Australian Jubilee Exhibition to be held in Adelaide, 1887 : memorandum. Adelaide, [1886]

Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition (1887) Reports of juries and official list of awards Adelaide [S. Aust.]: H.F. Leader, Government Printer, 1889


Manning index of South Australian history See: Adelaide: exhibitions

State Library of South Australia: See: Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition: limit search to Pictorial for a selection of photographs of the event

Medal: Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, Prize, South Australia, 1887

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