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March 2019

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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Coco Chanel- Style Icon

5 March at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$15
Coco Chanel- Style Icon. Illustrated lecture by Kenneth Park at Old Treasury Building 5 March 2019

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was born in Pairs and would achieve international fame as a French fashion designer. “The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post-World War I era with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style.” Chanel was a true innovator and exerted her influence beyond couture clothing but also in jewellery,…

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A Dreadful Time for Mothers

10 March at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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One event on 10 March, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$16
Clare Larman (performer) Penny Bristol Jones (collated the diary entries and letters) Maureen Hartley (performer) Kaarin Fairfax (director)

"1916: We stood on the cliff top yesterday, waiting. Look! Look! A ship. We waved madly to them, laughing and crying, making great flourishes of farewell with the tablecloth, leaving our picnic scattered across the rocks. The ship disappeared into the growing gloom. This is such a dreadful time for Mothers everywhere." ‘A DREADFUL TIME FOR MOTHERS’ Readings from the WW1 Diaries and letters of Edie Digby, collated by Penny Bristol Jones, performed by Maureen Hartley and Clare Larman (Violet&Rose…

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A Dreadful Time for Mothers (reprisal)

10 March at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$16
Clare Larman (performer) Penny Bristol Jones (collated the diary entries and letters) Maureen Hartley (performer) Kaarin Fairfax (director)

"1916: We stood on the cliff top yesterday, waiting. Look! Look! A ship. We waved madly to them, laughing and crying, making great flourishes of farewell with the tablecloth, leaving our picnic scattered across the rocks. The ship disappeared into the growing gloom. This is such a dreadful time for Mothers everywhere." There are many accounts of the experiences of Australian men serving in WW1,but what of the women? Mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts the waiting for news could be…

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Budapest: the City and its Museums

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

Explore the beautiful capital city of Hungary, Budapest which boasts an fascinating array of buildings and monuments along with a fabulous collection of superb museums.

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Death, Disease and Pandemics

12 March at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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This year marks the centenary in Australia of the 'pneumonic influenza' pandemic, popularly known as the 'Spanish flu'. Advances in chemistry, laboratory techniques, and equipment revolutionised medicine in the 19th century. Old ideas of infectious disease were gradually replaced by improved understanding of bacteriology and germ theory, leading to a new era of 'scientific medicine' and a confidence in disease management. Yet the challenges for scientific medicine were not over in the 20th century, since pandemics and epidemics were still…

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The humble petition of the Chinese Storekeepers

19 March at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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By late 1858 the population of the Victorian goldfields had reached 150,000. Over half were British immigrants: 40,000 were Chinese.   Fleeing violence, famine and poverty in their homeland, Chinese gold seekers called Australia the ‘New Gold Mountain’.   This document, 'The humble petition of the Chinese Storekeepers, miners and others now resident on and in the neighbourhood of the Bendigo gold fields in the said Colony', carries more than 5,000 signatures. It emphasises the positive character of the Chinese…

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Caroline Chisholm’s letter and sketch, 15 Nov 1854

21 March 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 talk about humanitarian Caroline Chisholm. On November 15, 1854 she campaigned to the Victorian government to provide cheap and safe accommodation for diggers and their families on the roads to the goldfields. She had toured the goldfields and was horrified by the conditions that men, women and children were living in. This record is on display courtesy of the Public Record Office Victoria. Part of the Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories Public Program.

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April 2019

The Lanes of Melbourne No 4

6 April at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell St
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. Start:                 In front of Old Melbourne Goal, Russell Street Finish:               RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street

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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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