Thursday, March 12, 2015

Old Treasury Building, Melbourne

We'd never been to the Old Treasury Building before, but had just lunched down the road and we were heading back to the car. With 30 minutes still left on the meter - we decided to make a quick dash inside.
The staff were very helpful and suggested a great itinerary to see as much as we could in the limited time we had. 
The current exhibition is School Days, featuring  photographs, books and historic records of education in Victoria -  the first state in Australia to introduce free and compulsory public school education.

 Old Treasury Building Melbourne
The Melbourne Panorama exhibition is located in one of the old gold vaults downstairs. The original panoramic photos were taken in 1862 and the more recent views from 2012. It's fascinating to compare the two photographs in each section.
Old Treasury Building Melbourne

The  vaults once house the gold bullion that came from the Victorian Goldfields. There are displays in many of the vaults, with tales of the Gold Rush era.
Old Treasury Building MelbourneOld Treasury Building Melbourne

Old Treasury Building MelbourneOld Treasury Building Melbourne
Old Treasury Building Melbourne
Ours was a super fast visit and we will definitely return again soon for a more leisurely look at all of the displays.

What: Old Treasury Buillding
Where: 20 Spring Street, Melbourne
When: Sun-Fri  10am to 4pm
Why:Photography, Melbourne's history, Gold, Education
How Much:  FREE
* also nearby Old Melbourne Gaol 
p.s. *get a coffee at:  65 Degrees


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