Melbourne Open House: Old Treasury Building

The Old Treasury Building is one of my favourite buildings from Melbourne’s early history.  It was built in the late 1850’s to house the gold that was being brought to Melbourne from the goldfields of Ballarat.  Walking inside is liking walking into 19th century grandeur.

There were several exhibitions that we were able to look at: Sailing into Victoria and a Ned Kelly exhibition.  The Sailing into Victoria one showed how the development of the piers where the passenger ships dock nowadays.  It’s interesting seeing the beaches without the piers, especially Station Pier.  The other exhibition showed the life of Ned Kelly and his family and also showed the exploits of his gang.

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The rooms below are the ‘downstairs’ rooms.  This is where the caretaker, his wife and eight children lived from 1916-1928.

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