This week, the Tourism Diploma students set out on a field trip to the Carlton gardens to analyse the effectiveness of the ‘Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens Walk’ (MV app).
After a “womenjika” (welcome to the land of the Kulin nation as the tour takes place on the land of the traditional owners), they discovered that the gardens were modelled on the gardens in Versailles. T he 1 hour tour revealed many interesting facts about the gardens and the Royal Exhibition Hall:
- Design competition won by Melbourne architects Reed & Barnes & built by Mitchell (the father of the famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba)
- Completed in 1880, it hosted Melbourne’s first International & World exhibitions with 30 nations exhibiting displays of arts, science, trade, commerce, and industry: the 5 key theme.
- Known as the GREAT HALL
- 1901: Australia’s first Federal Parliament , before it moved to Canberra in 1927. The first time Australia had its own Federal flag.
- 1919: site of a hospital during the Influenza/Spanish Flue in Melbourne
- Many other uses: RAAF training college, ballroom, aquarium, war memorial museum, etc.
- 2004: Australia’s first building on World Heritage listing.
The app gives some good OH&S information and explains the workings between the audio, written transcript and the map. Another good tour to analyse whilst writing their own tourism app.