Melbourne’s History on Display
“Melbourne: Foundations of a City” on at Old Treasury Building tells the story of the city’s astonishing growth. Panoramic pictures of the city from the 1840s to 1900 trace the extraordinary emergence of a city that was known by the 1880s as the ‘Queen City of the South’, or, to the great delight of its citizens, as ‘Marvellous Melbourne’. But there was a downside and despite its glittering outward appearances, Melbourne was also a dangerous city. The drains stank, the water was polluted and typhoid fever was rife. Until a deep sewerage system was finally completed in 1898, ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ was also popularly known as ‘Marvellous Smellbourne’. However, as this exhibition shows, despite all that, Melbourne was an amazing city.
Ongoing, Sun–fri 10am–4pm, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne. 9651 2233. otb.org.au
Robert Russell, “Melbourne from the Falls”, 1854. Courtesy State Library Victoria.