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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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VAULT

Melbourne , vic

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

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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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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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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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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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Old Melbourne Gaol: The Female Ward Tour

Melbourne, vic

The Female Ward - a tour that defines what life was like for Women in Melbourne and the criminal pasts of some notable characters.

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Old Melbourne Gaol

Melbourne, vic

When the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s, it dominated the Melbourne skyline as a symbol of authority. Inside the Gaol, dangerous criminals were held alongside petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill.

Between 1842 and its closure in 1929 the gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly. Today you can

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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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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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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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Victoria’s Government House Tours

Melbourne, vic

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

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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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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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Polly Woodside Open Day

South Wharf, vic

After travelling 1.5 million miles across the globe, the Polly Woodside now welcomes you aboard!

Built in Belfast in 1885, the three-masted cargo vessel carried coal and wheat between England and South America. You can join the crew, come aboard for a tour of the ship and discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas.

We offer two different experiences aboard

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Fiji Shipwreck Discovery Talk

Docklands, vic

Join us to hear from historian and author Alan McLean and representatives of Parks Victoria & Heritage Victoria about the Fiji shipwreck disaster of 1891, and how the memorial and other markers in the landscape have been rediscovered, interpreted, and integrated into the Great Ocean Walk.

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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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