Old Trea­sury Build­ing

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - Arts & Culture -

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

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