Old Treasury Building
Discover Melbourne’s history, heritage and people. Built at the height of the gold rush, the magnificent Old Treasury Building is one of the finest 19thcentury buildings in Melbourne. The equally grand interior now hosts a variety of displays centred on the history of Melbourne, featuring rare original documents from the Public Record Office Victoria. Be sure to visit the historic gold vaults, used during the 1860s to store the precious metal coming from the goldfields in central Victoria. Wild Colonial Boys, a temporary exhibition, explores early Victoria’s frontier society and the bushrangers who created public panic.
A new exhibition, A Nation Divided: the Great War and Conscription, examines the extraordinary period in our history when the debate over conscription raged. Described by some historians as the most bitter, divisive and violent dispute ever to consume the nation, in 1916–17 thousands of impassioned speeches were made, endless newspaper columns written and huge rallies were held throughout Australia. As families, communities and organisations divided in bitter recrimination, it seemed as if the soul of the grieving nation would tear itself apart.
Train: Parliament Station Tram: Number 11, 12, 35, 48 or 109 to stop 8 Open: Sun–Fri, 10am to 4pm 20 Spring Street, Melbourne t 9651 2233 w otb.org.au /oldtreasurybuildingmuseum @oldtreasurymelb @oldtreasurymelb Robert Russell