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: 
Sunday 18 September at 11am
Wednesday 12 October at 11am
Friday 18 November at 11am
Monday 5 December ay 11am
or by appointment.

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

Presented as part of the Seniors Festival

JJ Clark's Architectural Brilliance

Today, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as the most accomplished Renaissance Revival Building in Australia. Yet the architectural elements seemingly transcend this simple classification, and can be characterised as a 'brilliant synthesis' of architectural styles and design elements. The building takes design elements from a wide range of sources, yet still manages to be entirely unique, and arguably more accomplished and more beautiful than the sum of its parts. This floor talk will examine these architectural elements, tracing the history of the early Melbourne revival styles while also highlighting the unique vision of young architect John James Clark during his tenure at the Public Works Department. This talk is presented as part of the Seniors Festival.

Date: 4 October, 2016 at 11am
Bookings essential: or (03) 9651 2233