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La Trobe Reading Room event: A traditional Chinese drum performance will be held in the La Trobe Reading Room on Thursday 4 September, from 6pm until 6.10pm. More information

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Great Hall & rotunda, Intercolonial exhibition

Watch a 3D virtual reconstruction of the buildings erected  for the 1866–67 Melbourne Intercolonial exhibition.

The two main exhibition buildings, the Great Hall and the rotunda, were designed by Reed & Barnes and constructed behind the Melbourne Public Library on the site where the dome is now. The buildings were designed to be temporary and their facades were fairly crude, so everything depended on the effect of their interiors. It was here that Edward La Trobe Bateman’s skills as a designer shone.

This video was commissioned for the Free, secular and democratic: building the Public Library 1853–1913 exhibition. It is one of many Dome Centenary events taking place in 2013 to celebrate our iconic dome and all that the Library enables.

The voiceover for this video is provided by Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History at RMIT and curator of the Free, secular and democratic exhibition.