Paintings of Early Melbourne

This display showcases rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s. Drawn from the private collection of the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection, these paintings, watercolours and lithographs show a Melbourne before high-rise buildings, a swamp city through to the wealth of the gold rush.

They provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians.

Included in this exciting tour is the historic Executive Council Chamber, the office of the Governor of Victoria, since 1862.

Friday 17 March at 11am
Wednesday 19 April at 11am
Thursday 8 June at 11am
Monday 10 July at 11am
Friday 18 August at 11am
or by appointment.

Bookings essential
Cost: $8 Adults
Bookings: 9651 2233 or

Bushrangers and Other Folk

Victorian Folk Music Club will be adding to the atmosphere of the Wild Colonial Boy Exhibition with their presentation of Bush Ranger and Bush songs.
The Victorian Folk Music Club is Victoria’s oldest! Founded in 1955, the club has continued to preserve, research and popularise our Australian Folklore Heritage.
The Victorian Folk Music Club, preserving Australian Heritage through song!

7 May, 2017 at 2:30pm

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Old Treasury Building, March – June 2017
This seminar series, now in its tenth year and offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, History Council of Victoria and Old Treasury Building, explores issues and approaches in making public histories and is open to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society.


Reinterpreting Heritage Houses: Re-imagining Rippon Lea

Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm

This year the National Trust is planning the reinterpretation of Rippon Lea House and Garden, Australia’s largest surviving nineteenth-century suburban estate. But has the house museum model become out-of-date? Martin Green (Cultural Engagement Manager, The National Trust of Australia, Victoria) looks at what house museums must do to engage contemporary audiences in their story and survive in the increasingly competitive tourism landscape.

Graeme Davison (Monash Emeritus Professor and Melbourne historian) and Linda Young (Deakin Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies and author of a new history of Historic House Museums in the United Kingdom & the United States), will respond to the Rippon Lea plan and what it says about the prospects for re-interpreting heritage houses in Australia today.

This seminar is presented as part of the 2017 Heritage Festival. 

FREE TALK, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Bookings available through History Council Victoria website.


Making Digital Aural History: Australian Lives: An Intimate History

Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm

Drawing upon interviews from the Australian Generations oral history project, Australian Lives is a book rich with testimony from diverse Australians about the history of everyday life across the past century. It’s also a book with a difference: e-book users can listen to hundreds of interview extracts by connecting direct to the National Library online archive.

Authors Anisa Puri (President, Oral History NSW) and Alistair Thomson (Monash University) discuss the digital technologies that are enabling new types of aural history, consider the challenges of creating Australian Lives and showcase intimate histories from the publication.

FREE TALK, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Bookings available through History Council Victoria website.