The Invention of Melbourne presents a rare opportunity to see some little-known treasures of gold rush Melbourne and to reflect on the careers of two remarkable men – James Alipius Goold, first Catholic bishop of Melbourne, and William Wilkinson Wardell, architect of St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Bishop (later Archibishop) James Goold arrived in Melbourne in 1848. He soon developed an ambitious vision for Catholic Melbourne, which included building a fine cathedral. It would be the largest ecclesiastical building in Melbourne. Less wellknown
is Goold’s interest in collecting both pictures and books. Some of those works feature in this exhibition.
William Wardell arrived in Melbourne in 1858 and began working on the cathedral soon afterwards. His cathedral is considered one of the finest Gothic Revival buildings constructed anywhere in the world. Included in the exhibition are his original
plans and sketches, along with fine books and prints from the cathedral library.
Between them, these two men made a notable contribution to the built environment of the emerging city of Melbourne.
Start Date: 1 August 2019
End Date: 2 March 2020
The research for ‘The Invention of Melbourne: A Baroque Archbishop and a Gothic Architect' was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.
Coming Public Programs
Join us for this free floor talk about the marvellous Gothic structure, St Patrick’s Cathedral...12 November at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
In this lecture Shane Carmody will explore the extraordinary library developed by Melbourne’s fist...28 November at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join Shane Carmody as he describes the story behind the books from the library displayed in the exhi...6 February, 2020 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join Huw Sandaver in this free lecture. More details to come. Part of the Public Program seri...1 March, 2020 at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM