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March 2018

1860: Burke and Wills expedition leaves Royal Park

13 March, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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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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May 2018

1883: Railway Linking Melbourne and Sydney Opens

24 May, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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In 1883, in Albury, New South Wales, two train lines met! Separated by a long island platform, the Victorian Railways broad gauge line, and the New South Wales Government Railways standard gauge line were formally opened on June 14, 1883. Find out more about this historic occasion in this FREE floor talk. Part of the 'Events in Colonial Victoria' Public Program series.

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June 2018

1893: Bank Failures cause Financial Depression

21 June, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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The banking crisis of 1893 was the result of the collapse of several commercial banks in Australia. After the speculative boom of the 1880s Australian property market, the banks operated a free banking system. With little regulation, and no government assistance, the banks lent freely and when in 1888 the asset price collapsed many companies declared bankruptcy. When on 30 January 1893 the Federal Bank failed, it was apparent the banking crisis was in full effect. By mid-May that year,…

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July 2018

The Australian Sketchbook: Colonial life and art of ST Gill

1 July, 2018 at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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ST Gill 'Diggers on the road to Bendigo' from State Library Victoria. Put Yourself in the Picture by imagining life on the goldfields.

Samuel Thomas Gill was well-known as 'the artist of the goldfields', his many sketches and watercolours depicting the daily life of diggers in search of that elusive metal - gold. Dr Dianne Reilly AM FRHSV, former La Trobe Librarian of the State Library of Victoria and co-founder of the C J La Trobe Society, draws on the resources of State Library Victoria to illuminate his intriguing life and great talent. Presented as part of Rare Book Week.

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Introducing ‘Gold Rush: 20 objects, 20 stories’

4 July, 2018 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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The new exhibition Gold Rush: 20 Objects 20 Stories presents the turbulent tale of Victoria’s gold rush through the individual stories of 20 objects. Gold was first discovered in Australia in 1851 – first in New South Wales and then in Victoria. The lure of gold was huge. It represented the opportunity of a lifetime to escape from the relentless cycle of hard work and low pay that was the lot of most people. As stories circulated of fabulous finds…

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Diggers on the road to Bendigo, ST Gill

12 July, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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ST Gill 'Diggers on the road to Bendigo' from State Library Victoria. Put Yourself in the Picture by imagining life on the goldfields.

This watercolour by Samuel Thomas (S.T.) Gill depicts two men and a boy, walking along a dirt track carrying utensils and mining tools. In the distance is a cart. The image is taken from Gills book The Gold Fields of Victoria during 1852 and 3 comprising fifty original gold sketches of life and character primitive operations et cetera et cetera. Find out more about this stunning sketch in a FREE floor talk by Gabrielle Keating. Part of the Gold Rush:…

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November 2018

The Gold License

8 November, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Gold Licence on display in 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories' at Old Treasury Building.

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.

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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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