Old Treasury Building

Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.

The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.

What can I see?

The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.

Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults and you may earn yourself a gold licence!

Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday), Free entry 

Group visits by schools and community groups are welcome by appointment, costs apply. 

Old Treasury Building is proud to be taking part in Paint the Town Red!
In support of the AIDS 2014 Conference. Come and see us lit up!

'Sailing into Melbourne' New Exhibiton at Old Treasury

Melbourne is Australia’s most important maritime trading hub; this new show at Old Treasury Building Museum traces Melbourne’s rich port history from 1842 until now.

The exhibition investigates a history of technological change and ingenuity from clipper ships to containerised transport, hand loading to mechanisation and dramatic public works on the waterfront.  ‘Sailing into Melbourne’ offers a fascinating insight into the history of Melbourne’s life as a port city. The shipwrecks, prison hulks, quarantine, maritime defence and troop embarkation.

Visitors can view a series of works from the mid-1800s that look at the darker side of the Port, including records on floating prisons and documents describing the conditions early migrants endured to reach Victoria.

The exhibition features archives, photographs, maps and plans from the Public Record Office Victoria collection.

The new Melbourne Panorama is now open!

Old Treasury Building is proud to announce the unveiling of the newly refurbished Melbourne Panorama.  Launched by the Hon. Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts, the new exhibit is a beautiful legacy for future generations.

The original Melbourne Panorama has been one of the most fascinating and popular interpretative features on display at the Old Treasury Building.  The 360 degree photographic panorama was taken from the top of Parliament House in 1862, has now been recreated from the same vantage point in 2012 by photographer Michael Silver.

Thanks to a grant from the Copland Foundation, The vistas have has been juxtaposed to create a wonderful image of Melbourne city. Visible are familiar sights including the Old Treasury Building, St Patricks Cathedral under construction and even the Melbourne Club.

This new interpretation of Melbourne’s history, 150 years after the original photograph, will be a compelling and moving experience for visitors.

 

      

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COMING SOON

HCV Annual Lecture 2014

Worlds Apart

A Comparative History of Responses to AIDS in Australia and the United States

In contrast to many countries, Australia quickly developed a range of pragmatic and innovative measures to prevent the spread of HIV. The United States largely failed to heed Australia’s example. This lecture outlines how two countries, facing similar epidemics, came to adopt such different approaches to AIDS control, and suggests the consequences.
This lecture will be presented by Dr Paul Sendziuk author of Learning to Trust: Australian Responses to AIDS and Associate Professor in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide.

All are welcome to attend!

6 pm Thursday 24 July 2014
Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne (use Entry 3 via La Trobe Street)

Bookings: 03 9651 2233
Tickets:
$9
Website: www.historycouncilvic.org.au
Enquiries: hcv@historyvictoria.org.au or 0418 814 957

This lecture is held in association with AIDS 2014: 20th International AIDS Conference and is part of the Making Public Histories seminar series, organised in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria and the Institute of Public History (Monash University).

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School Programs

Primary and Secondary Schools programs:

Programs relate to the AusVELS, in particular History, Civics and Citizenship, and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Bookings essential
Phone: 03 9651 2233

Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the fascinating ‘Victorian Archival Treasures’ exhibitions. Students can discover the stories attached to the rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state archive collection of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

Students can also explore the gold vaults and the impact of gold on early Melbourne and the new colony of Victoria. ‘Growing up in Old Treasury’ relates the story of the caretaker John Maynard and his family who lived in the basement of the building from 1916-1928.

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