Paintings of Early Melbourne

This display showcases rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s. Drawn from the private collection of the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection, these paintings, watercolours and lithographs show a Melbourne before high-rise buildings, a swamp city through to the wealth of the gold rush.

They provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians.

Included in this exciting tour is the historic Executive Council Chamber, the office of the Governor of Victoria, since 1862.

Tour Dates: 
Friday 17 March at 11am
or by appointment.

Bookings essential
Cost: $8 Adults
Bookings: 9651 2233 or

Bushrangers and Other Folk

Victorian Folk Music Club will be adding to the atmosphere of the Wild Colonial Boy Exhibition with their presentation of Bush Ranger and Bush songs.
The Victorian Folk Music Club is Victoria’s oldest! Founded in 1955, the club has continued to preserve, research and popularise our Australian Folklore Heritage.
The Victorian Folk Music Club, preserving Australian Heritage through song!

7 May, 2017 at 2:30pm

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Old Treasury Building, March – June 2017
This seminar series, now in its tenth year and offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, History Council of Victoria and Old Treasury Building, explores issues and approaches in making public histories and is open to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society.


Tuesday March 7 (FREE TALK)

Performing Refugee History: Voices from Contemporary Australia

Michael Green and Stephanie Arnold

Melbourne writers, artists and historians are working with refugee testimony in cutting edge media and are using personal stories to challenge public policy. Cellist Stephanie Arnold will perform and discuss Across the Water, a work for cello and electronics based on oral history interviews with Melbourne based asylum seekers. Michael Green from Behind the Wire (winner of the 2016 Oral History Victoria Innovation Award) will talk about the opportunities and challenges of recording refugee testimony and presenting it in a range of formats (including podcasts, a museum exhibition, a book and a website.