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March 2018

Colonial Melbourne No 7 – North West CBD

4 March at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$25

In this walk, part of our popular colonial walk series, we explore the North-West corner of the CBD. Along the way we will pass by old warehouses, fine government buildings and quaint structures like Russell House one the CBD’s oldest residences. The walk will finish at the RACV City Club.

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Podcasting History

6 March at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free

Two history podcasters will play and discuss recent history podcasts, and consider the nature, significance and impact of this burgeoning media for making and sharing histories. Emma Lancaster is an award-winning multi-platform journalist and Executive Producer of two podcasts for the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney: History Lab, an investigative Australian history podcast and GLAMcity, a weekly radio talk show hosted by historians about galleries, libraries, archives and museums in the Greater Sydney region. Andrew J. May,…

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Australia’s First Stamps

7 March at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free

Join Richard Breckon, Noted Philatilist, in a discussion of the first stamps produced in Australia. Part of the ‘Wednesday at One’ free talk series

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Paintings of Early Melbourne- March Tour

11 March at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$10

Discover the rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s, from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection. These paintings, watercolours and lithographs provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne and offer an insight into the life of Melbournians, from a swamp town to the opulence and wealth of the gold rush era. Due to the location of this display, viewing is only available on a tour.

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1860: Burke and Wills expedition leaves Royal Park

13 March at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free

The ill fated expedition of Burke and Wills left Royal Park at 4 pm on 20 August 1860. Their aim was to explore uncharted areas of Australia by travelling from south to north. Although they successfully travelled the distance, only one man made it home.   Find out more in this free floor talk.   Part of the ‘Events in Victoria- 1851-1901’ Public Program

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Alfred Felton: The Man Behind the Felton Bequest

22 March at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free

From early beginnings carting goods to the Victorian goldfields, Alfred Felton later established himself as a merchant in Melbourne. Eventually buying a wholesale druggists, Felton and his business partner Frederick Grimwade, the pair made several smart business acquisitions, amassing a tidy fortune for each of them. Felton never married nor fathered any children, so without anyone to inherit, part of his estate was used to establish the Felton Bequest, a trust used to acquire works of art for the National…

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Museums of Rome

27 March at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$15

Rome, the eternal city is blessed with an incredible history and marvellous array of museums. This lecture explores some the well-known and not so well-known museums of Rome including the Borghese Gallery, Maxxi, the National Museum of Art from the 21st century, Palazzo Altemps, Sant'Ignazio Ostia Antica, Capitoline Museums, Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins, Vatican Museums and many more…

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April 2018

Melbourne: Foundations of a City

24 April at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free

In 1836 the town that would be Melbourne was little more than a scattering of tents near the Yarra. Less than a generation later it was home to 125,000 people and about to overtake Sydney as the largest colonial city. The rise of Melbourne as a New World city was the wonder of the age, as gold, then land boom, created ‘Marvellous Melbourne’. In this introduction to the exhibitions at the Old Treasury Building historian Margaret Anderson discusses the extraordinary…

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May 2018

WWI, Conscription and the Propaganda War

15 May at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free

Attempts to introduce conscription during World War I were hugely controversial. The ensuring debate has been described as the most divisive and violent in our history, with a bitter propaganda war conducted by both sides. In this lecture historian Margaret Anderson explores the graphic propaganda created during these years and explains its imagery.

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November 2018

Curating the Anzac Centenaries: War, Memory and the Museum

13 November at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free

As the centenaries of the Great War come to an end, two leading Melbourne museum curators reflect on how museums have represented the experience of Australians at war over the last few years. As Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, Jean McAuslan has played a central role in shaping the Shrine’s response to the Anzac centenaries. As Deputy Head of Humanities (Exhibitions) at Museum Victoria, Deborah Tout-Smith was Lead Curator for the World War I: Love & Sorrow exhibition at…

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