Paintings of Early Melbourne

This display showcases rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s. Drawn from the private collection of the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection, these paintings, watercolours and lithographs show a Melbourne before high-rise buildings, a swamp city through to the wealth of the gold rush.

They provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians.

Included in this exciting tour is the historic Executive Council Chamber, the office of the Governor of Victoria, since 1862.

Thursday 8 June at 11am
Monday 10 July at 11am
Friday 18 August at 11am
or by appointment.

Bookings essential
Cost: $8 Adults
Bookings: 9651 2233 or

Bushrangers and Other Folk

Victorian Folk Music Club will be adding to the atmosphere of the Wild Colonial Boy Exhibition with their presentation of Bush Ranger and Bush songs.
The Victorian Folk Music Club is Victoria’s oldest! Founded in 1955, the club has continued to preserve, research and popularise our Australian Folklore Heritage.
The Victorian Folk Music Club, preserving Australian Heritage through song!

7 May, 2017 at 2:30pm

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Old Treasury Building, March – June 2017
This seminar series, now in its tenth year and offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, History Council of Victoria and Old Treasury Building, explores issues and approaches in making public histories and is open to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society.


Making Digital Aural History: Australian Lives: An Intimate History

Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm

Drawing upon interviews from the Australian Generations oral history project, Australian Lives is a book rich with testimony from diverse Australians about the history of everyday life across the past century. It’s also a book with a difference: e-book users can listen to hundreds of interview extracts by connecting direct to the National Library online archive.

Authors Anisa Puri (President, Oral History NSW) and Alistair Thomson (Monash University) discuss the digital technologies that are enabling new types of aural history, consider the challenges of creating Australian Lives and showcase intimate histories from the publication.

This seminar will be chaired by Professor Christina Twomey of Monash University.

The Making Public Histories series, now in its tenth year, is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building.

FREE TALK, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Bookings available through History Council Victoria website.