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Tasma Gallery

Tasma Terrace
“Tasma Terrace” is one of the finest examples of a 19th century three storey terrace house in Australia and was built for wealthy grain merchant George Nipper as a stylish guest house and family home in 1879.

Plans for the demolition of Tasma Terrace for hi rise towers in 1970 lead to the National Trust’s successful battle to preserve Tasma Terrace.

Tasma Terrace is now the home of the National Trust in Victoria.
It has a shop and gallery space, period rooms and meeting rooms.

Tasma Terrace is available as venue for hire for functions, meetings and conferences.

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Programs and Exhibition Events

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Steampunk Show is coming to Tasma
Contemporary technology and Victorian styling will collide in spectacular fashion during The Antipodean Steampunk Show at Tasma Terrace.

If today’s technology had been introduced in the 19th century, what would the world look like?

The Antipodean Steampunk Show attempts to answer this question in a fascinating mash-up of past, future, and fantasy, which opens on the 30 June to 10 August.

Rapidly changing technology and the modern obsession with continual consumption have led to an endless process of upgrade, improvement, and replacement. Today’s production lines are inevitably tomorrow’s landfill.

The Steampunk movement rails against this mentality by using elaborate craftsmanship to transform mass produced - and easily discarded - contemporary products into unique objects of desire.
Born in literature in the 1980s as a response to the sci-fi ‘Cyberpunk’ genre, the visual richness of Steampunk work soon transcended the page.

Its influence can be found in film and fashion, as well as in the workshops of scores of hobbyist tinkerers and professional artists alike.

The artists contributing to the Steampunk exhibition come from a range of cross-discipline backgrounds including engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, shoe-makers, jeweller-taxidermists, writers, performers, photographers, film-makers, tinkerers, designers and hobbyists.

Exhibition curator Kirsten Fitzpatrick said, “We are excited to present the first public gallery exhibition of this fascinating movement in Australia. While once dismissed as a passing sub-culture fad, Steampunk is taking an ever stronger hold on contemporary culture. It speaks of a widespread desire for authenticity and an alternative future of handmade and sustainable production."

The dynamic works to be exhibited during The Antipodean Steampunk Show include jewellery, shoes, time machines, ray guns, photography and music players, all modified to reflect 19th century aesthetics.
The Antipodean Steampunk Show will run until 10 August..


The Antipodean Steampunk Show is an artisan travelling exhibition. Artisan produces Australia’s largest touring exhibition program of craft and design.

Adult $10
Concession $7.50
Child $5

National Trust Members:
Adult/Concession/Child $5

Tickets can be puchased online or at the Tasma Terrace Gift Shop.
Click here to book your ticket online.

If you have any questions please call the National Trust Bookings Office on 03 9656 9804 or email bookings@nattrust.com.au

Date & Time:
Monday June 30 to Sunday August 10, 2014
10am - 4pm

Tasma Terrace, 6 Parliament Place, East Melbourne 3002

Queen Victoria Market: Design Propositions from the University of Melbourne’s Urban Open Spaces Studio

Nine submissions from the University of Melbourne, Urban Open Space Studio, illustrates current thinking about the Queen Victoria Market, and showcases the design vision of the architects of tomorrow.

The Queen Victoria Market (QVM) has been a significant social and cultural place for much of its existence. The functional complexities of reshaping the market operationally and creating a world-class visitor experience are overlaid - literally - on layers of history. Redevelopment of the entire market site was proposed in the early 1970s and following a substantial campaign led by the Keep Victoria Market Association and the National Trust along with intervention by the Rupert Hamer Liberal government, the development was eventually abandoned. The announcement by Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, in October 2013, for a $250million development program over 10 years, is the latest chapter in the ongoing false starts for redevelopment at the site.

As part of their studies the students were given a brief to respond to the proposed redevelopment of the site, and in particular opportunities for the existing carpark and Queen Street. The challenge for the studio was to ensure the unique characteristics and vibrancy of the market are meaningfully and robustly embedded and extended within new urban spaces that address the evolving needs of the city in the decades to come.

Tasma Gallery, 4 Parliament Place, East Melbourne
Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Until Sunday 27 July

Tasma Gallery Artist Submissions 2014 Program

Tasma Gallery welcomes proposals from practitioners working in all fields of the visual arts, crafts, and image-making wanting to hire the gallery space for temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions need to address the theme outlined in the application and comply with the National Trust’s values.

Download the Artist / Exhibitor Application.

Tragedy at Parliament Place

Tragedy At Parliament Place - read about a sad episode in the history of Tasma Terrace

Melbourne Boarding House Vertical Murder Tour

Take a guided tour of Tasma Terrace, a rare 3 storey former boarding house on the edge of the city. Built in the 1870s/80s by George Nipper and designed by Charles Webb, it was the start of a relationship that would also build the beautiful Windsor Hotel on the other side of Parliament House. As a Boarding House however Tasma Terrace was also the place where Edith Jane Forrester Jubb - business woman, lodging house operator, ex-pub licensee, mother of 3, former actress and alleged mistress - died. Come to Tasma Terrace and hear all their stories, and more.

Join us for a free tour as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival on Friday 16 May 2014 at 3pm.
Bookings are essential on 9656 9804 or
bookings@nattrust.com.au or click here to book directly.


Opening hours

Tasma Shop / Office 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday Steampunk Show 10am - 4pm every day until 8 August.


6 Parliament Place
East Melbourne 3002 VIC


03 9656 9800

Entry fees

Price: Adult $10 Concession $7.50 Child $5 National Trust Members $5