Nomination of Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Environment Australia, 2002

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The Royal Exhibition Building was built in Melbourne's Carlton Gardens in 1880. It is one of the great enduring monuments to the International Exhibition movement, which began in the mid-nineteenth century. These global events were staged around the world to demonstrate the confidence and achievements of the industrial age. By bringing people and ideas together on such a grand scale, the movement supported the development of the global economy and enterprise culture that underpins modern democratic society.