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January 2019

‘Race to the Diggings’ board game

24 January at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Race to the Gold Diggings on display at Old Treasury Building in 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories'

Revisit a time when board games were the height of fashion! This Race to the Diggings game on loan from the National Library of Australia, represents an important part of Victoria's gold rush days. It was made in London in 1855, and is the earliest-known board game that has Australia as its theme. Discover more about this fascinating object in this free floor talk.

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March 2019

The Native Police

3 March at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Come to a discussion of the role of Aboriginal troopers during the Victorian gold rush. Part of the 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories' Public Program. Due to popular demand this is a repeat of the lecture held 15 November 2018.

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Remarkable Colonial Memorialists: Eliza Nelson, Dr Singleton

5 March at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Come to a special presentation in anticipation of International Women's Day and discover the life of Eliza Nelson, gold rush immigrant, pioneer, midwife and entrepreneur! Learn of the hardships she endured on the gold fields, and the attempts of her and Dr John Singleton to alleviate poverty in 19th-century Melbourne.

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April 2019

Bakery Hill poster

16 April at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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The events of Eureka are part of Victorian identity! Discover the story and history of this poster in this FREE floor talk.

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May 2019

The Gold Licence

14 May at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Gold license on display at Old Treasury Building in 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories'.

The Gold License is one of the most controversial taxes imposed during the Victorian gold rush. Find out the history of the license in this free floor talk. Part of the 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories' public program.

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A woman from the diggings – Sarah Davenport remembers

23 May at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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In about 1869 Sarah Davenport sat down to record her experiences of immigration and life in New South Wales and Victoria in the 1840s and fifties. Her laboriously handwritten account was entitled 'Scech of an emegrants Life in australia from Leiving England in the year of our Lord 1841'. It is held in the collection of the State Library of Victoria. Discover this exciting record in this free floor talk. Part of the 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories' public program.

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June 2019

Gold Rush Melbourne

11 June at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Discover Melbourne during the gold rush in this free floor talk! Part of the 'Melbourne: Foundations of a City' Public Program

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July 2019

Browsing the shelves: Books in an exhibition

7 July at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Join Shane Carmody as he describes the story behind the books from the library to be displayed in the exhibition The Invention of Melbourne: A Baroque Archbishop and a Neo-Gothic Architect to be shown at the OTB from 31 July.  Drawn from the library of James Alipius Goold (1812 – 1886), first Catholic Bishop of Melbourne, the books on display are just a sample of one of the finest libraries assembled in colonial Melbourne. Shane will tell the story of…

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From Colonial Township to Marvellous Melbourne

9 July at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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’. Discover the extraordinary history of Melbourne, from its origins, to the modern metropolis that became the first…

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August 2019

An intro to ‘The Invention of Melbourne’

13 August at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Join us for a free floor talk on our new exhibition 'The Invention of Melbourne: A Baroque Archbishop and Gothic Architect'.   Part of the Public Program series for The Invention of Melbourne.

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