See the earliest maps of Melbourne and descriptions of the European settlement of Melbourne in 1835. Discover how the Port Philip District was illegally settled by Batman and Fawkner and then developed into a thriving city.
Victoria was at the forefront of the world-wide democratic government movement. Victoria was the first place in the world where voting was carried out in secret and Victorian women led the world in the movement for equal rights.
Learn about the stories of Indigenous Victorians from their earliest contact with European settlers to the struggles of one family in the twentieth century and see key documents created by Aboriginal leaders in their quest for control of their own lives.
Unique Kelly documents including the only existing letter written by Ned himself! Discover clips and a rare advertising poster from one of the world’s first feature films – The Story of the Kelly Gang - and find out why the film was banned in Victoria.
This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Melbournians to explore the stories behind their city. Visitors can put a ‘face to the name’ as they traverse the grid, learning more of our explorers, colonial origins, founding fathers and events in our city’s past.
Melbourne’s rectangular grid design has been the very basis of its identity as a city from its beginnings. The design has stood the test of time with little change to its pattern since it was laid down in 1837 by Robert Hoddle.
The exhibition includes a brief history and biography of Hoddle and the development of the Hoddle Grid. The exhibition displays never before seen records from the Public Record Office Victoria collection including, Hoddle’s original plan of Melbourne, early maps, rare field books and letters.
Exhibition closes 18 May, 2014. Please note: Over Easter, Old Treasury will be CLOSED Good Friday and Easter Sunday but will be open Easter Monday.
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
Exciting New Development for Old Treasury Museum in 2014
Have you ever visited Old Treasury Building’s beautiful old gold vaults? Housed in Vault 5 is one of the most fascinating and popular interpretative features on display at the Old Treasury Building.
In 1862 the prolific photographer Charles Nettleton (1826-1902) climbed onto the Parliament House roof and took a series of superb photographs of Melbourne. The new gold rush city had emerged just 27 years after Batman and Fawkner first settled the town. Visible are familiar sights including the Old Treasury Building, St Patricks Cathedral under construction and even the Melbourne Club.
This project was funded by the Copland Foundation. The vista has been juxtaposed with an 'exact' panoramic replica of Melbourne in 2012. 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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New GEOGRAPHY AusVELS resource- fantastic 'Streets of Melbourne' education support materials for teachers (see School Programs). Students can get the most out of this exhibition by completing the activities which have been developed by the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV) in conjunction with Surveying Taskforce – answers supplied. Note the links to the new Australian Year 9 Geography Curriculum.
Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the new 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.