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East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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January 2018

Lord Hopetoun: First Governor General of Australia

25 January, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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celebrations marking the arrivel of the Earl of Hopetoun at the Treasury Building East Melbourne

The seventh Earl of Hopetoun became the first Governor General of the new Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January, 1901. Find out about the life and times of this fascinating man in this free talk. Image- the arrival of Lord Hopetoun at the Old Treasury Building in December 1889, where he was sworn in as Governor of Victoria. Part of the ‘People in Melbourne- 1901-1927’ Public Program

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February 2018

Paintings of Early Melbourne- February Tour

8 February, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Discover the rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s, from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection. These paintings, watercolours and lithographs provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne and offer an insight into the life of Melbournians, from a swamp town to the opulence and wealth of the gold rush era. Due to the location of this display, viewing is only available on a tour.

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Great Architects and their Architecture No 2

13 February, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$15

This beautifully illustrated lecture is the second in a series offering profiles some of the world’s greatest architects, and how they have encouraged us to think differently about buildings. In no order and randomly selected, in this lecture we consider – Renzo Piano, Louis Sullivan, Ieoh Ming (I M) Pei and Otto Wagner.

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A Nation Divided: The Great War and Conscription

14 February, 2018 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Join Margaret Anderson as she discusses the exhibition 'A Nation Divided: The Great War and Conscription'. Part of the 'Wednesday at One' free talk series

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Alfred Deakin

22 February, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Discover the man who was Alfred Deakin! The second Prime Minister of Australia (also the fifth and seventh), Alfred Deakin was one of the leaders towards Australia's federation. As Solicitor-General and Minister of Public Works, Mr Deakin's office was inside the Old Treasury Building. Part of the 'People in Melbourne: 1901-1927' floor talk series'

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March 2018

Podcasting History

6 March, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Two history podcasters will play and discuss recent history podcasts, and consider the nature, significance and impact of this burgeoning media for making and sharing histories. Emma Lancaster is an award-winning multi-platform journalist and Executive Producer of two podcasts for the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney: History Lab, an investigative Australian history podcast and GLAMcity, a weekly radio talk show hosted by historians about galleries, libraries, archives and museums in the Greater Sydney region. Andrew J. May,…

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Behind the Stamp: stories about notable Australian stamps of the past 100 years

7 March, 2018 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Join Richard Breckon in a discussion of some of Australia's most notable stamps! Richard Breckon works at Australia Post as Team Leader, Philatelic Archives. His job involves managing the National Philatelic Collection, a collection of Australian stamps from the 19th Century up to the present day. Part of the ‘Wednesday at One’ free talk series

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Paintings of Early Melbourne

11 March, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on 22 June, 2018 at 11:00am

Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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'Paintings of Early Melbourne' from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection on display at Old Treasury Building on a tour only.

Discover the rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s, from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection. These paintings, watercolours and lithographs provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne and offer an insight into the life of Melbournians, from a swamp town to the opulence and wealth of the gold rush era. Due to the location of this display, viewing is only available on a tour.

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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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Alfred Felton: The Man Behind the Felton Bequest

22 March, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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From early beginnings carting goods to the Victorian goldfields, Alfred Felton later established himself as a merchant in Melbourne. Eventually buying a wholesale druggists, Felton and his business partner Frederick Grimwade, the pair made several smart business acquisitions, amassing a tidy fortune for each of them. Felton never married nor fathered any children, so without anyone to inherit, part of his estate was used to establish the Felton Bequest, a trust used to acquire works of art for the National…

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Museums of Rome

27 March, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Rome, the eternal city is blessed with an incredible history and marvellous array of museums. This lecture explores some the well-known and not so well-known museums of Rome including the Borghese Gallery, Maxxi, the National Museum of Art from the 21st century, Palazzo Altemps, Sant'Ignazio Ostia Antica, Capitoline Museums, Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins, Vatican Museums and many more…

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April 2018

William Guilfoyle at the Botanic Gardens

19 April, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Free talk on William Guilfoyle- architect of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne

As director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne, from 1873 William Guilfoyle was instrumental in creating the stunning gardens we know today. Following in the footsteps of his father, Guilfoyle began his professional life as a landscape gardener, before developing an interest in botany and travelling the oceans on a botanical voyage. Putting his mark on the gardens, William Guilfoyle created the famous "picturesque" landscapes. Over 35 years he created a surprise around every corner by using large lawns, meandering…

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General Sir John Monash

24 April, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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This free talk on General Sir John Monash, the day before Anzac Day, will discuss his early life, as a child speaking German at home, through to his experiences during the First World War in Gallipoli, on the Western Front and as Commander of the Australian Corps. Discover the impact Monash had on Victoria, including his connection to the Shrine of Remembrance, and the Rotary Club.

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Melbourne: Foundations of a City

24 April, 2018 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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’. In this introduction to the exhibitions at the Old Treasury Building historian Margaret Anderson discusses the extraordinary…

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May 2018

Exploring the Italian Riviera

8 May, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$15

This beautiful illustrated lecture explores the stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera with its many attractions. Along the way we encounter spectacular seaside towns and villages like Portofino with its harbour and beautiful coloured buildings and the magical rocky coastline of the Cinque Terre.

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Great Castles, Houses and Gardens of Ireland

8 May, 2018 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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This lecture will take you the beautifully illustrated lecture will take you to the stunning ‘Emerald isle’. Our journey will reveal some Ireland’s greatest castles, mansions and gardens including Mount Stewart, Powerscourt, Malahide Castles and gardens to mention but a few…

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Tour the historic Executive Council Chamber

14 May, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until 20 May, 2018

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 occupation of the building in 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 this Executive Council Chamber. Find out more about the role of the Governor and this historic building on this exciting tour.…

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Helena Rubinstein

15 May, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Cosmetics entrepreneur, founder of the 'Helena Rubinstein Incorporated' cosmetics company, and one of the world's richest women, Helena Rubinstein opened her first beauty salon in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Discover Helena's story in this FREE floor talk!   Part of the People in Melbourne floor talk series

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WWI, Conscription and the Propaganda War

15 May, 2018 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Attempts to introduce conscription during World War I were hugely controversial. The ensuring debate has been described as the most divisive and violent in our history, with a bitter propaganda war conducted by both sides. In this lecture historian Margaret Anderson explores the graphic propaganda created during these years and explains its imagery.

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5000 Stitches: an exhibition preview

18 May, 2018 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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As a special event for International Museums Day on Friday 18 May we’re offering a unique opportunity to see one of the objects from our approaching exhibition Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories before it goes on display. For this event only we will allow close access to one of our lovely 1850s costumes. Historian Margaret Anderson will talk about the dress and about what it might have been like to make, wear and care for such a dress. This…

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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

Billy Hughes- a free floor talk

12 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 Right Honourable William 'Billy' Hughes CH, KC was born in Wales on 25 September 1862. He would become the seventh Prime Minister of Australia, seeing the country through World War 1 and the Conscription debate. Hughes is the only person to have served as a member of parliament for over 50 years, being a member from 1901 until his death. Find out more about this remarkable man in this FREE floor talk. Part of the 'People in Melbourne: 1901-1927'…

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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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Making Aboriginal histories

10 July, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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This seminar is part of NAIDOC Week 2018. It focusses on new approaches to investigating, writing and understanding Aboriginal history, with short presentations by three historians who are working in this field. Alexandra Roginski is a PhD candidate with the Australian National University and author of The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (2015). Her presentation, 'Strategy on Stage: Indigenous Performers in Nineteenth-Century Popular Science', explores how the ethnographic history method, which reads through European accounts…

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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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Caroline Chisholm’s letter and sketch, 15 Nov 1854

17 July, 2018 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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August 2018

History and Fiction

28 August, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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This seminar probes the boundaries and relationship between history and fiction through the eyes of three practitioners. History is never completely knowable: does this mean reasonable speculation is an essential tool of historical work?

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October 2018

The Names Behind our Streets and Lanes No.1

20 October, 2018 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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$25

Enjoy a lovely stroll through Melbourne’s CBD discovering some of the names behind our streets and lanes. So where did we get names like Hosier, Bond, Degraves and many more. Cost: $25.00 (inlcudes coffee) Start: In front of the Forum Theatre at 10 am Finish: RACV City Club

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November 2018

Paintings of Early Melbourne

4 November, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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'Paintings of Early Melbourne' from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection on display at Old Treasury Building on a tour only.

Discover the rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s, from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection. These paintings, watercolours and lithographs provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne and offer an insight into the life of Melbournians, from a swamp town to the opulence and wealth of the gold rush era. Due to the location of this display, viewing is only available on a tour.

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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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A Dreadful Time for Mothers

11 November, 2018 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Sunday, repeating until 25 November, 2018

An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until 25 November, 2018

Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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A special reading, presented in conjunction with the exhibition 'A Nation Divided, the Great War and Conscription'.

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Curating the Anzac Centenaries: War, Memory and the Museum

13 November, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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As the centenaries of the Great War come to an end, two leading Melbourne museum curators reflect on how museums have represented the experience of Australians at war over the last few years. As Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, Jean McAuslan has played a central role in shaping the Shrine’s response to the Anzac centenaries. As Deputy Head of Humanities (Exhibitions) at Museum Victoria, Deborah Tout-Smith was Lead Curator for the World War I: Love & Sorrow exhibition at…

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Aboriginal Troopers

15 November, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Join us in a discussion of the role of Aboriginal troopers during the Victorian gold rush.

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The Old Treasury Building

22 November, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Discover the building of the Old Treasury in this free floor talk. You will discover the unlikely architect of the building, John James Clark- a 19 year old at the time of the first design. See how the building has changed over time, both architecturally and the internal uses.

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Great Architects: Christopher Wren & Robert Adam

27 November, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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In this wonderfully illustrated lecture we look the extraordinary architecture legacy of two great architects, Christopher Wren and Robert Adam!

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January 2019

“…mad, bad, and dangerous to know” profiling Lord Byron

15 January at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Lord Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824) was a British nobleman, poet, peer, politician, and leading figure in the Romantic movement. “Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in his life for his aristocratic excesses, which included huge debts, numerous love affairs with both men and women, as well as rumours of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister.” He died in the Greek War of Independence fighting…

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