Melbourne: Foundations of a City

From village to bustling metropolis within a generation, the story of the astonishing growth of Melbourne is told in a new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building. Dramatic panoramic pictures from the 1840s to 1900 trace the extraordinary emergence of a city known as the ‘Queen City of the South’.

From village to bustling metropolis within a generation, the story of the astonishing growth of Melbourne is told in a new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building. Dramatic panoramic pictures from the 1840s to 1900 trace the extraordinary emergence of a city known as the ‘Queen City of the South’.

When a visiting English journalist coined the phrase ‘Marvellous Melbourne’, locals were delighted. To outsiders Melbourne seemed like a modern wonder. With its wide boulevards of gracious buildings, its cable trams, coffee palaces and dance halls, Melbourne was the premier city in Australia. But of course there was a downside as well. The creation of Melbourne rested on the dispossession and systematic exclusion of the local Aboriginal people. And the environment suffered too. Despite its glittering outward appearances, Melbourne was a dangerous city.

Join us for a week-long celebration for the opening of this exhibition from 7 May to 12 May for free talks and giveaways.

Event dates

Event Details

Address:
20 Spring Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
Times:

10am-4pm (some events take place outside these hours)

Entry fees:
Free
Attendance limit:
no
Website:
oldtreasurybuilding.org.au/opening-week-melbourne-foundations-city
Onsite facilities:
Social:
Other things
you need to know:
no onsite parking

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