Sydney International Exhibition Season Ticket [For Andrew Houison]
Sydney International Exhibition Season Ticket [For Andrew Houison]
Sydney International Exhibition Season Ticket [For Andrew Houison]
Sydney International Exhibition Season Ticket [For Andrew Houison]
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Sydney International Exhibition Season Ticket [For Andrew Houison]

1879. Letterpress ticket laid down on both sides of an albumen paper carte-de-visite portrait of ticket holder, in buckram and gilt wallet, signed by ticket bearer “Andrew Houison” in ink, numbered “fifty-six” and stamped by exhibition secretary “Augustus Morris” on ticket, 10.3 x 6.3cm (card). Creases to ticket.

The portrait was taken by John Hubert Newman in Sydney. It seems that the Exhibition’s season tickets, which were “not transferable”, had to include a photograph of the ticket holder to enforce the “directive.”

Andrew Houison (1850-1912) was a Sydney medical practitioner, amateur historian and philatelist [stamp collector]. He was one of the ‘Fathers of Philately’ entered on the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1921.” Houison was also the founding president of the Royal Australian Historical Society in 1901, and secretary to the New South Wales Medical Board. He wrote many articles on the history of Parramatta, and published a book entitled History of the Post Office: Together with an historical account of the issue of postage stamps in New South Wales in 1890.

The Sydney International Exhibition, which opened on 17 September 1879 and ran for seven months, was the first world fair held in the Southern Hemisphere. “Like other international exhibitions held around the world it proved an enormous success, even though Australia was so isolated from Europe and America.” Its main building, the “Garden Palace” burned down in 1882. Ref: MAAS; Wiki; Trove.

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Item #CL194-49

Price (AUD): $2,250.00  Other currencies

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