Vic: Old Treasury Building, Melbourne: Exhibition

Event Details

Exhibition: Sunday 17th May to Friday 22nd May – Education in Victoria

Exhibition: Sunday 17th May to Friday 22nd May – Built on Gold

Education in Victoria

Go on a journey back to old school days at the Old Treasury Building.  Be transported back in time to the classrooms of the late 1800s and how we progressed to today in a new exhibition opening in March.

From classroom stories, photographs, inkwells to iPads; see how Victorian education has changed since the Education Act of 1872.  Through a range of nostalgic displays be reminded of the days when milk was delivered to every child and being caned was all part of a normal child’s education. What were ‘ragged schools’ of the 1860’s, and how did the state approach Aboriginal schooling, migrant education and old playground design?

Built on Gold

The story of Victoria’s gold – its journey and legacy in the years 1852-1862. The wealth from the goldfields funded what is widely considered one of the finest and most significant nineteenth century public buildings in Australia. The Old Treasury Building was commissioned in 1857 to store the gold bullion pouring into Melbourne from the central Victorian gold fields, and to provide offices for the Governor, the Premier and other senior figures from the colonial bureaucracy.

Today the gold vaults house the multimedia exhibition Built on Gold. This exhibition follows the journey of Victorian gold from the diggings, as it passes through the hands of gold buyers, escort troopers and occasional bushrangers.

The Old Treasury Building is open Sunday-Friday 10am-4pm.

Contact: 03 9651 2233