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Old Treasury Building

Spring St (top of Collins St)
Sun to Fri, 10am to 4pm
extended times over school holidays
Free admission
School groups and community groups are welcome at other times by arrangement
 Tel: (03) 9651 2233
 Getting there: City Circle Tram
 trams 31, 42, 109 & 112 in Collins St
 or train to Parliament Station
 Website: Old Treasury Building

 

The Old Treasury Building - Melbourne

The Building

The Old Treasury Buildings in one of Melbourne's best examples of nineteenth century architecture. It was designed by John James Clark in 1857 (in which year he was 19 years old) and completed in 1862. The impressive bluestone vaults were built to house the gold being brought down from the Victorian goldfields. As the quantities of gold dwindled, the vaults gave service for storing important government documents. On the first floor of the Treasury Building are the offices of the Governor of Victoria. The Governor regularly meets with the Executive Council in the beautifully preserved Executive Council Chamber to sign off legislation.

Admission to the public display area (see below) provides access to much, but not all, of the building. In recent years there has been an annual free open day where the public can examine the whole of this magnificent building. This open day is usually announced in the the free White Hat Newsletter. You can also hear some musings about the surrounds of the Old Treasury Building in 'The Missing Statue' on our podcast of September 2007.

The Display

The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.

Topics included in the exhibition space include:

 

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Some forthcoming events at Old Treasury Building:

White Night Melbourne

  • Flinders Street Station
  • Forum Theatre

White Night Melbourne uses installations, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events in a 12 hour overnight event that transforms the city into a wonderland.

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