C1859

The Prize Design for a new Post Office to be Erected in Melbourne Australia

Colonial engraving of the Melbourne Post Office, Collins Street. In 1858 a design competition was held for a new General Post Office building, with the winners announced on Friday 7th May 1858. The competition was in two parts, Crouch and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Prize Design for a new Post Office to be Erected in Melbourne Australia

Date:

C1859

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

342mm 
x 220mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Prize Design for a new Post Office to be Erected in Melbourne Australia - Antique View from 1859

Genuine antique
dated:

1859

Description:

Colonial engraving of the Melbourne Post Office, Collins Street.

In 1858 a design competition was held for a new General Post Office building, with the winners announced on Friday 7th May 1858. The competition was in two parts, Crouch and Wilson won first prize for their exterior design, while A. E. Johnson won second place for exterior, and also won second place for the interior arrangement. Johnson was then employed by the Public Works Department, and eventually construction started in 1861 on what was said to be Johnson’s design, rather than the Crouch and Wilson design, which proceeded slowly and at great expense. In 1861 however, Johnson himself claimed that it was an entirely new design prepared by the Public Works Department.

From the original edition of The Illustrated London News.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 8438724
State Library Victoria: RARELTEF 052 IL696I
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74Vv5Oy4wEgl

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