A newcomer to Melbourne, I love exploring the city and sourrounds by day and night, finding bargains, learning new things, the great outdoors and Melbourne life in general.
Published May 12th 2013
Gold, crime and trams
The Old Treasury Building was built to store gold in Melbourne's gold rush era and it was once the office of the Premier and the Governor. The building is recognised as the finest nineteenth century building in Australia.
It now houses a number of exhibitions about the history and growth of Melbourne, including displays about Ned Kelly, the Eureka stockade, crime, Victorian architecture and workers rights.
You can explore the former gold vaults which now host a multimedia exhibition "Built on Gold". Another interesting exhibit details the lives of John Maynard, his wife and their eight children who lived in the Old Treasury Building through a recreation of their home.
Melbourne is one of the world's greatest tram cities. Until August 2013, you can learn all about Melbourne's trams in the exhibition "Trams: Moving Pictures". Did you know the first trams were horse drawn, followed by steam then cable, to today's electric trams? You can see footage from 1910 when horse drawn carts were common on Melbourne's roads. A highlight is the "Transporting Art" display in which key Australian artists transformed Melbourne trams into pieces of art.
If you want to learn a little more about the city you live in, the Old Treasury Building is a good place to start. It takes about an hour to walk around and entrance is free.