Gold & Governors

Arrival of his Excellency Sir George Bowen - the swearing in ceremony at the Treasury. Image Source: State Library of Victoria
Arrival of his Excellency Sir George Bowen - the swearing in ceremony at the Treasury. Image Source: State Library of Victoria

Gold & Governors: 150 years of the Old Treasury Building

Closes November 30, 2012. View photos from the opening night here.

Old Treasury Building is celebrating its 150th Anniversary during 2012.

John James Clark was the 19 year old architect of the Old Treasury Building. Come and visit the fascinating new exhibition of beautiful original paintings, drawings and architectural plans of this 'forgotten' 19th century architect who designed many iconic Melbourne, Victorian and interstate buildings.

Old Treasury Building has been the city office of the Victorian Governor for the past 150 years. The Governor meets each week in the Executive Council Chamber with members of the Executive Council to sign legislation. Discover the interesting stories of the Governor and the many people who have worked here in the Old Treasury Building over the past 150 years.

The building was regularly decorated on important state occasions. It was the 'city square' of the 19th century. Up to 40,000 people would gather outside the Old Treasury Building to both welcome and farewell the Governors.

Exhibition curated by Dr Belinda Nemec and Dr Andrew Dodd, based on the research of Dr Andrew Dodd.

Click here to view the commemorative DVD "Lost Stories of the Old Treasury Building" from the 150th anniversary. This project was funded by a grant from the Australian Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Celebrations marking the arrival of the Earl of Hopetoun at the Treasury Building East Melbourne. Image Source: State Library of Victoria Treasury Building illuminated at night with the message "God Save the King. Image Source: State Library of Victoria Treasury Building in mourning after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Image Source: State Library of Victoria.

JJ Clark's Melbourne, Victorian, Australian and New Zealand Buildings.

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