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Walking Tour: Shorthand History of Melbourne

Melbourne CBD, vic

“Silently and inconspicuously” shorthand writers and shorthand educators have contributed to the legacy which has shaped the City of Melbourne. Melbourne’s central grid is brimming with shorthand history and stories, all of which contribute to the endowment shorthand has left to our society. Join this guided walk around Melbourne, and discover how these scenarios and opportunities

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Belongings: Objects and Family Life

East Melbourne, vic

We’re surrounded by objects, but have you thought about how important these things are in your life? Do you have a few favourite things you absolutely can’t live without? What about others in your family? Are they important for what they do, or what they represent?

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Old Treasury Building Public Tour

East Melbourne, vic

Go behind the scenes at one of Melbourne's finest buildings!

The Old Treasury Building, built during the gold rush, showcases a selection of exhibitions relating to Melbourne's past, but on this exclusive tour you will venture past the public spaces to discover the deep history of the building.

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Collins Street Characters and Connections Walking Tour

East Melbourne, vic

Join me for a walk down Collins Street starting from the top end at the former Treasury as we uncover colourful characters and their Collins Street connections. Be fascinated as you are introduced to these characters and discover their stories linking people and places to the sites we visit.

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Strengthening sutures – connecting to Surgical History

East Melbourne, vic

A short talk will be offered by the Heritage Collections Co-ordinator about the history of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and its historical collections.

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Fire Services Museum of Victoria Display

East Melbourne, vic

Exhibition of equipment, and artefacts relating to Victoria's Fire Service History.

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The Athenaeum Library turns 185 this year – have you ever been?

Melbourne, vic

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library is almost as old as Melbourne itself. Archivist, Fiona Moore, will present a lively and interactive discussion about the role the Ath has played in the cultural life of Melbourne since 1839.

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Jewish Museum of Australia historical walking tour of Melbourne

Melbourne, vic

Embark on a captivating walking journey through Melbourne's rich Jewish history with the Jewish Museum of Australia's Historical Walk, led by popular and expert guide, Terry Ashton.

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Old Melbourne Gaol

Melbourne, vic

Visit Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne’s oldest and most feared prison since 1845. Now operated by the National Trust discover where some of Australia’s most infamous characters, including bushranger Ned Kelly and gangster Squizzy Taylor, spent time behind bars.

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Old Melbourne Gaol: The Female Ward Tour

Melbourne, vic

Walk in the footsteps of past female prisoners and discover what life was like for women incarcerated in Old Melbourne Gaol.

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It’s all about “HATS” Vintage Hat Walk: Talk & Demonstration

Melbourne, vic

Explore the different styles of Millinery (Hats) and millinery materials used spanning the decades from the Victorian Era to the current day.

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VAULT

Melbourne , vic

Our fabulous vintage clothing boutique in Melbourne’s iconic Block Arcade.

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“Mr Mac, The Chocolate King” -His Story

Fitzroy, vic

Who was the great chocolate master 'MacPherson Robertson'? He was perhaps the greatest entrepreneur Fitzroy has known. The "white factory" took up many blocks spuing out the fragrant smells of milk kisses and other favourites. Let us walk the walk and meet the man behind the nail can story.

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Sketching in Historic Fairhall (1860) with Alissa Duke

East Melbourne, vic

Learn to sketch with watercolour pencils and be inspired by antiques and beautiful objects. Your class will be held in Fairhall, the 1860s home of The Johnston Collection, a museum of fine and decorative arts in East Melbourne. All materials are provided and absolute beginners are welcome.

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Ethics in the House Museum: the Challenges of Historical Collections

East Melbourne, vic

House museums often contain collection objects with dark pasts. Drawing on examples from The Johnston Collection, this lecture considers some of the ethical questions addressed by museum and gallery professionals today. What are appropriate narratives for historical collections in 2024?

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Fit for a King: Vincent Jenden reimagines the Johnston Collection

East Melbourne, vic

To celebrate the much-anticipated Australian Royal Tour by King Charles III and Queen Camilla, and the accession of King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark the interiors of historic East Melbourne townhouse, Fairhall, have been theatrically reimagined by guest curator Vincent Jenden.

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History Walk and Talk – Victorian Grandeur

Princes Hill, vic

Join local historian Jeff Atkinson for a walk through some of south Carlton’s most picturesque and historic streets, and enjoy some of its grandest buildings.

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Mr Coppin’s Tour of Civil War America

Melbourne, vic

Join Theatre Heritage Australia and Melbourne writer-researcher Simon Plant for ‘Mr Coppin’s Tour of Civil War America’ and a rare opportunity to see behind the front door of the Melbourne Savage Club, one of Australia's oldest private members’ clubs.

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Victoria’s Government House Tours

Melbourne, vic

Discover Melbourne’s rich heritage in the grand State Rooms of Government House

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A Walk in the Flagstaff Gardens

Melbourne, vic

Join expert tour guides from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on a guided walk through beautiful Flagstaff Gardens - the historical hears of the City.
Visitors will climb Flagstaff Hill to consider its early role as a burial ground, flagstaff signalling station and weather station.

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There’s More to This Story: Diverse Histories at the Shrine

Melbourne, vic

Join us for a captivating talk that uncovers the narratives of Australian Defence Force personnel and their families from culturally diverse backgrounds, as well as the poignant tales of immigrant Victorians who found a new home in Australia after being displaced by conflict.

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