People, exhibits and prizewinners at key intercolonial and international exhibitions 1854-1889, and the buildings that housed Victorian exhibitions.
This was the first major exhibition organised in Melbourne in the nineteenth century. It was organised to bring together goods suitable for exhibition at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855. The Melbourne Exhibition opened on 17 October 1854 and ran until 12 December 1854.
A description of the opening ceremony and the main exhibits was published in The Argus, 18 October 1854, page 4.
The Paris Exposition Universelle (Universal Exhibition) was held from 15 May until 15 November 1855. Exhibitors at the 1854 Melbourne Exhibition had the opportunity to send material to Paris for show in the Exposition Universelle.
Find digitised copies of many French-language books, journals and images relating to this exhibition by using the Gallica search engine.
Catalogue of the British section
Includes the British Colonies, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Lists Victorian exhibits on page 132 (only 30 listed).
Rapports du jury mixte international
Reports of the jury, 1574 pages written in French. It presents each of the 31 classes of exhibits, and subdivisions within each class separately, with general comments on the overall quality of the exhibits, then lists and comments on prize winners. There is a 'Table alphabetique des matieres' pages 1427-1574 so it is possible to check by surname and then turn to the appropriate page for information on the award.