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May 2019

Historic Executive Council Chamber Tour

19 May at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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An event every 2 days that begins at 11:00 AM, repeating until 19 May, 2019

Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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The Old Treasury Building has housed the city offices of the Governor of Victoria for over 150 years. Since 1862, the Executive Council has held weekly meetings in the Executive Council Chamber to give vice-regal assent to legislation passed by the Parliament. During Law Week, the Old Treasury Building is offering exclusive tours of the Executive Council Chamber. Discover the role of the Governor and this historic building on this exciting tour. View the exquisite antique furniture, most of which…

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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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The Lanes of Melbourne No 3

25 May at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
corner Flinders lane and Spencer Street, Melbourne, Spencer St & Flinders Ln
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$25

This walk continues our popular series of CBD walks exploring the history of our city through the names behind our streets and lanes. Please note that this is the first time this walk has been presented. Start: Corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street Finish: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street

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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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Living histories: innovative approaches to oral history

11 June at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Oral historians from three exciting contemporary projects - all commended in the Oral History Victoria Awards for 2018 - will share their experience of making imaginative oral history in different media and how they coped with the technical, ethical or historical challenges posed in the creation of living histories. Professor Alistair Thomson, President of Oral History Australia, will facilitate the discussion. Panellists are: Kirby Fenwick, Lee Valentine and Ryan Gustafsson, and Rose Turtle Ertler. Free admission, but booking via website…

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From South Melbourne Beach to Gasworks Art Park

15 June at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
South Melbourne Beach, corner of Beaconsfield Parade and Victoria Avenue
Albert Park, VIC 3206 Australia
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$25

This meandering walk starts at South Melbourne Beach and then weaves its way through the streets looking at the architecture and streetscapes and finishes with a wonderful exploration of the Gasworks Arts Park where we will enjoy the Farmer’s Market and the many attractions that this arts precinct has on offer Start: Last stop of the South Melbourne Beach (Tram Route 1) at the corner of Beaconsfield Parade and Victoria Avenue Finish: Gasworks Art Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park…

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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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Dark sides of sport

9 July at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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'Dark sides of sport: Historical perspectives on match-fixing, bribery and corruption' is a free seminar in Melbourne's stately Old Treasury Building. Although the field of sport history has often focused on sport’s positive aspects, sport has always had a darker side, involving cheating, doping, high-stakes betting, suspicious performances and other scandals. In this panel discussion, case studies based on recent research will be used to explore the nature and extent of match-fixing, bribery and corruption across a range of sports…

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Fitzroy No 1

20 July at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St Marks Anglican Church, 270 George Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia
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$25

This walk will delve into the rich social history of Fitzroy looking at the superb streetscapes and architectural landmarks. Start: St Marks Anglican Church, 270 George Street Finish: Gertrude Street

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