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October 2017

Melbourne in the era of Art Deco

3 October at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$15

This beautifully illustrated lecture examines Melbourne in the twenties and thirties…the era of Art Deco as reflected in the buildings, art, fashion and much more. The lecture will complement the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition – “Brave New World” showing until October 15.

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Melbourne: From Village to National Capital

10 October at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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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 exhibitions at the Old Treasury Building historian Margaret Anderson discusses the extraordinary history…

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Paintings of Early Melbourne- October Tour

15 October at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$8
The Princess Theatre in 1875. Unknown artist. View from Melbourne over the Yarra Melbourne watercolour by Henry Easom Davies c1864. On display in the 'Paintings of Early Melbourne' tour of Old Treasury Building.

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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Discovering the forgotten landscapes of Melbourne

15 October at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free
Robert Russell, 'By the Falls 1855' on display in 'Melbourne: Foundations of a City' at Old Treasury Building

In the midst of contemporary Melbourne it is difficult to imagine how it might have looked in 1836 when Europeans arrived. Is it possible to reconstruct those ‘lost environments’ of the past? What clues can be found in the historical record to guide historians to discover these 'forgotten landscapes'? Dr Gary Presland is an archaeologist and historian with a fascination for environmental history. The author of 'The place for a village: how nature has shaped the city of Melbourne' (2008),…

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Melbourne: 1860s and 1870s

18 October at 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free
In May 1875 brothers William and Archibald Paterson climbed the spire of Scots' Church, built on one of the highest points of the city, to take this panoramic photograph of Melbourne. The panorama shows a large and sprawling metropolis, with the suburbs of East Melbourne, South Melbourne and Carlton visible in the distance.

Discover what Melbourne was like in the 1860s and 70s. Part of the ‘Wednesday at One’ free talk series. Presented as part of History Week 2017.

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Colonial Melbourne No 3

22 October at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$25

This is the third walk in our series of explorations looking at colonial Melbourne and this time we will explore the western corner of the city. We will walk from the Queen Victoria Market through a rabbit warren of lanes and streets to find reminders of colonial Melbourne to finish at the RACV City Club for morning coffee.

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Museums of Copenhagen

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

We continue our popular lecture series profiling cities which boast a fine a collection of museums with a look at the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. This beautiful city and its immediate environs has much to offer the museum lover with museums devoted to a broad range of subjects the likes of the Carlsberg Visitor Centre (brewing), Danish Architecture Centre, Danish National Gallery, Frederiksborg Museum (history), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, North Atlantic House (cultural history of Greenland, Iceland, Faroe…

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November 2017

Colonial Melbourne No 4

5 November at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$25

This is the last walk in our series to explore colonial Melbourne. This walk will take us from the front of the Trades Hall on a meandering journey that will finish at the RACV City Club.

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Paintings of Early Melbourne- November Tour

23 November at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$8
The Princess Theatre in 1875. Unknown artist. View from Melbourne over the Yarra Melbourne watercolour by Henry Easom Davies c1864. On display in the 'Paintings of Early Melbourne' tour of Old Treasury Building.

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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Lost Melbourne

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

In recent years, the cityscape of Melbourne has been radically transformed. We have seen the destruction of many buildings to make way for new skyscrapers and contemporary structures. In the first of a series of lectures, we take a look at Melbourne of yesterday and what we as a community have sacrificed in the name of progress and along the way discover the old Eastern Market, grand mansions of St Kilda Road, the Federal Hotel, Melbourne Coffee Palace and many…

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