Old Treasury Building
Spring St (top of Collins St)
Sun to Fri, 10am to 4pm
times over school holidays
School groups and
community groups are welcome at other times by arrangement
Getting there: City Circle Tram
trams 31, 42, 109 &
112 in Collins St
or train to Parliament Station
The Old Treasury Building - Melbourne
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 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
Topics included in the exhibition space include:
- Indigenous Victorians – Examine the early interaction between
Government and Indigenous people in Victoria
- Early Melbourne – Discover how the Port Phillip was illegally
settled by Batman and
Fawkner and why the 1860
Burke and Wills
expedition was both a triumph and a tragedy.
- Ned Kelly –
See unique Kelly documents including the only existing letter written by
Ned Kelly himself.
- Criminals – Examine two sensational cases in Victorian legal
history – the notorious 1920s gangster ‘Squizzy’ Taylor and the Colin
- Victorian Democracy – Learn how gold miners of the 1850s
helped to shape Victoria’s democratic future.
- Victorian Buildings – A showcase of the range of
architectural plans for public buildings throughout Victoria.
- Victorians on Holiday – Tourism posters of the 1930s, 1940s
and 1950s convey with striking graphics and imagery the allure and
appeal of travelling in Victoria.
- Victorians at Work – These photographs provide insights into
industry, innovation, community life, and changes in the nature of work
since colonial times.
- Find Your Family at PROV – Public Record Office Victoria
holds many different kinds of records that can provide helpful
information if you are researching your family's history.
- Built on Gold – The historic vaults
- Growing up in Old Treasury – Experience the lives
of John Maynard (the Old Treasury’s caretaker), his wife and their eight
children who lived in the Old Treasury Building from 1916-1928
- JJ Clark – The Treasury Building was the first of many major
government buildings designed by John James Clark.
- The Governor – Australia is a constitutional monarchy and a
parliamentary democracy. The Queen is formally Australia’s head of state
and is represented by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of
Australia and by a Governor in each Australian state.
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