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November 2018

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 11:30 AM on Sunday, repeating until 25 November, 2018

An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM 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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A Dreadful Time for Mothers

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

An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM 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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A Dreadful Time for Mothers

18 November, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until 25 November, 2018

An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM 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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A Dreadful Time for Mothers

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

An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM 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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A Dreadful Time for Mothers

25 November, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until 25 November, 2018

An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM 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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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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‘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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February 2019

An Absinthe Bottle from Little Lon

21 February at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Why would a home have 10 absinthe bottles, French champagne bottles, imported spirits and 300 odd oyster shells? The occupant, Mrs Alicia Bond (aka Sheridan), was supposedly running a grocery shop at this house, but why would a grocer be discarding such things? Discover this story in this free floor talk! Part of the 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories' Public Program.

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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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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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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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Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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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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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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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

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

Chamber pot from Mayor Smiths’ house

2 May at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Chamber pot on display in Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories

They say a person is defined by their chamber pot. Well probably not, but it is easy to imagine that this would be just the style that Mayor Smith or his wife Ellen would have fancied for themselves. Athena in her chariot fueling the Smiths sense of themselves and their position in newly forming Melbourne society. Find out about Object 16 in our 'Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories ' exhibition in this free floor talk.

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The Legacy of Gianni Versace

7 May at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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The brand of Versace stands luxury, and perhaps more precisely Italian luxury fashion. Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, Versace produces upmarket Italian-made ready-to-wear and leather accessories, along with other lines including Versace Collection (mainly in the US), Versus Versace and Versace Jeans. The Versace logo is the head of Medusa, a Greek mythological figure. “The logo came from the floor of ruins in the area of Reggio Calabria that the Versace siblings played in as children. Gianni Versace chose Medusa as the logo because she made people fall in love with her…

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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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Historians, Places and the Past

14 May at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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This seminar explores the role of historians in place-making and heritage projects. Such projects can result in fresh interpretations of historic sites. Historians help preserve and reveal evidence of the past alongside new modes of access, adaptive re-use, and (re)development. Historians contribute research, analysis and insights to the development of heritage sites and places of historic significance. Their knowledge can help to maintain heritage values that are already recognised. Historians are also experts in discovering new information that contributes to…

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Historic Executive Council Chamber Tour

15 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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Historic Executive Council Chamber Tour

17 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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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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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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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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Giorgio Armani

23 July at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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We continue our series profiling great designers with a look at the life and work of Giorgio Armani. Armani is one of the world’s best known fashion labels.

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Martha Needle

25 July at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Martha Needle was one of Australia’s worst female killers. In 1894 she was hanged for the murder of her fiancé’s brother, Louis Juncken. But before that she probably poisoned both her former husband and all three of her children. Discover her life and crimes in this free floor talk. Part of the 'Wayward Women?' Public Program.

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August 2019

Archbishop Goold’s Passion for late Baroque Painting

6 August at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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In 1853 Archbishop Goold imported 135 Old Master Paintings from Rome to decorate the churches he was commissioning from Wardell and other architects. Our project has identified some 65 late Baroque pictures in Melbourne churches. Some of the results will be presented for the first time in this lecture, often identifying provenances from inscriptions in the reverse. Jaynie Anderson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne. She was the Foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Art History at…

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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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The Past, Present and Future of Victorian Indigenous Languages

13 August at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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With 2019 designated as the UN's International Year of Indigenous Languages, this public event will explore the destruction, survival, recovery and use of Victorian indigenous languages, and the use of Indigenous language in historical research and production. Aunty Lee Healy (Dhagung Wurrung Elder and Education Officer/Linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages) will reflect on her work in the recovery and use of a Victorian Indigenous language. (Click HERE to read a recent SMH article about her work.) Alice Gaby (Associate Professor…

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Maggie Heffernan

22 August at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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In January 1900 sixteen year-old Maggie Heffernan drowned her infant son in the Yarra. She was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. But Maggie’s case was especially pitiful and attracted some powerful advocates. In her case mercy prevailed. Find out about Maggie Heffernan in this free talk. Presented as part of the 'Wayward Women?' Public Program

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September 2019

A Baroque Archbishop: James Alipius Goold

10 September 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 on James Alipius Goold, who became Archbishop of Melbourne on 31 March 1874 Melbourne was made a metropolitan see.   Part of the Public Program series for The Invention of Melbourne.

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The Power of Display: Collecting and Exhibiting Religious Art in Colonial Melbourne

17 September at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Making two return trips to Europe, Melbourne’s Archbishop James Goold would be followed soon after by crates of Italian paintings; a mix of old and new works destined for a variety of locations across the colonial city. Along with these paintings, the Archbishop brought back an eye for display, refined by visits to the great Cathedrals of Italy and designed to inspire piety among churchgoers. This lecture will use a variety of visual documents to explore these trends in collection…

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Frances Knorr

19 September at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Discover Frances Lydia Alice Knorr, known as the Baby Farming Murderess in this free floor talk with Kay Price! Part of the 'Wayward Women?' public program.  

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October 2019

The Archbishop and the Artist: Goold and Von Guerard

1 October at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Eugene von Guérard’s first contact with James Alipius Goold took place in the unruly setting of Ballarat’s goldfields, in November 1853. Their ongoing and little-known association, built on shared interests and experiences, sheds new light on the lives of Melbourne’s leading landscape painter and its first Catholic bishop. Join Dr Ruth Pullin for this free lecture.   Part of the Public Program series for The Invention of Melbourne.

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The legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

8 October at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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This year marks 500 years since the death of the celebrated Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), the extraordinary Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose wide-ranging areas of interest that included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. Leonardo accomplished so much in so many fields.  He is recognised as one of the great painters of all time. Leonardo was a true Renaissance man. This…

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William Wardell Seminar- BOOKED OUT

8 October at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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An evening of architectural discussion presented by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. Speakers: State Government Architect- Jill Garner The Gothic Bank- Peter Lovell St Patrick's Cathedral- Arthur Andronas.   Part of the Public Program series for The Invention of Melbourne.

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When the ‘Spanish Lady’ visited Melbourne

13 October at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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One hundred years ago an unusually deadly influenza virus swept around the globe, triggering higher mortality rates than recorded before, or indeed since. Known as ‘Spanish’ flu or ‘pneumonic influenza’, when the virus circled the world between 1918–19 it left few communities untouched. Unusually, the pandemic resulted in a higher than expected mortality rate for young adults, devastating after such awful war losses. Although statistics reveal the devastating effects of this pandemic, little is known of the casualties or those…

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A Gothic Architect: William Wilkinson Wardell

15 October 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 this free floor talk on William Wilkinson Wardell, noted architect of St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.   Part of the Public Program series for The Invention of Melbourne.

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Great Architects: I M Pei and his legacy

29 October at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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I M Pei the award winning and prolific architect passed away in May at the age of 102. He never really retired. I M Pei’s contribution to architecture has been extraordinary and lives on with works such as the Pyramid at the Louvre, Paris and John F Kennedy Library, Boston. This lecture will profile the life and work of I M Pei.

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Olga Radalyski and the Body in the Boot Box

31 October at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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In December 1898 Melbourne was transfixed by a gruesome mystery: The body of a young woman was found in the Yarra River at Richmond, her naked body jammed into a boot box. No one came forward to claim her. For nearly a month the police sought desperately to identify her, while thousands of Melburnians filed past her body in the morgue. Finally she was identified as seventeen-year-old Mabel Ambrose, the tragic victim of an abortion gone wrong. She was one…

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November 2019

St Patrick’s Cathedral

12 November 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 this free floor talk about the marvellous Gothic structure, St Patrick's Cathedral.   Part of the Public Program series for The Invention of Melbourne.

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Ephemera as historical sources

12 November at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Historical sources' survival may be the result of chance rather than deliberate and careful preservation. How do historians locate and use material that was never designed to be retained? This seminar considers the importance of ephemera: material that carries printed information that was not intended to be kept or preserved. The seminar will be facilitated by Mandy Bede, President of the Ephemera Society of Australia. We will hear three presentations, followed by questions from the audience and opportunity for discussion.…

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Emma Williams- free talk

21 November at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Emma Williams was the only woman executed in Victoria for killing her own child. Although others were convicted, all were spared the noose. But Emma’s crime seemed particularly callous, and Emma herself was not a very sympathetic figure. At a time when the courts seemed intent on a ‘get tough on crime’ regime, the execution of Emma Williams may have been intended as a warning to other impoverished women. Find out more about Emma in this free floor talk with…

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Bishop Goold and the Wild Wild West

28 November at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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In this lecture Shane Carmody will explore the extraordinary library developed by Melbourne’s first Catholic Bishop, James Alipius Goold (1813 – 1886) and in particular one rare  book and the story of exploration, forbidden love and buffaloes that led to its publication.   Part of the Public Program series for The Invention of Melbourne.

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December 2019

Peter Lalor

3 December at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Native of Ireland, Peter Lalor (pronounced Lawler) is remembered as a Eureka stockade leader and politician. How did this man educated as a civil engineer become one of the names most associated with the stockade and the fight for men’s suffrage? Find out in this free floor talk. Part of the 'Events in Victoria: 1851-1901' Public Program.

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Christmas Traditions around the World (with a glass of champagne)

10 December at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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Enjoy a whimsical look into Christmas and the traditions associated with this most important of festive occasions. Includes a glass of Pommery champagne.

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