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    Old Treasury Building

    Excursion / Last updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    The Old Treasury Building is a unique resource for students and teachers. A magnificent gold rush building, it reflects the growth of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ and changing life in the city. From the basement vaults where gold was stored in the 1860s, to the elegant Executive Council Chamber, still used regularly by the Governor of Victoria, students experience one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic buildings.

    Cross Curriculum:

    EXPLORE THE OLD TREASURY BUILDING
    Levels 3 to 10

    Cross curriculum
    The Old Treasury Building was built in the 1850s to store gold and to provide offices for the leaders of the young colony, including the Governor. It was designed by the 19 year old John James Clark. Discover some of the 150 year history of the Old Treasury Building. Visit the Executive Council Chamber upstairs and the historic gold vaults and Caretaker’s apartment downstairs.

     

    Visual Communication:

    INVESTIGATING THE DESIGN OF OLD TREASURY
    Levels 7 & 8

    Design and Technologies Visual Communication
    Investigate the design and function of the Old Treasury Building. Identify and describe the purpose, intended audience and context of the building from different historical, social and cultural contexts. Compare the Melbourne Panoramas of 1862 and 2012.

     

    Civics and Citizenship:

    GOVERNANCE
    Levels 3 to 6

    Civics & Citizenship
    Visit the Executive Council Chamber on the first floor. Discuss the role and responsibilities of the Governor and the Executive Council. Visit the Deakin Room to discuss Federation and Melbourne as Australia’s first capital. Examine images of Old Treasury dressed up to welcome previous governors.

     

    VICTORIAN DEMOCRACY
    Levels 7 to 10

    Civics & Citizenship
    Discover how gold rush immigrants helped shape democracy in the new colony of Victoria and the struggles for recognition of voting rights. Discuss the Ballarat Reform League, Eureka and the origins of the secret ballot, women’s suffrage and Aboriginal rights. Visit the Executive Council Chamber to discuss the role of the Governor and the Executive Council, both past and present.

     

    Early Melbourne:

    CELEBRATING MELBOURNE
    Levels 3 & 4

    History: Community, Remembrance and Celebrations
    The Old Treasury Building has been at the centre of many of Melbourne’s civic celebrations and public events over the past 150 years. This program explores the role people have played in the development and character of early Melbourne. Examine the building, one of the fi nest nineteenth century buildings in Australia.
     

    FROM COLONY TO STATE
    Levels 5 & 6

    History: The Australian Colonies
    Investigate the founding of Melbourne from early settlement to international city. Discover some of the events and people who have shaped Victoria. Discuss the democratic history of Victoria and the role of Melbourne as capital of Australia following Federation.
     

    FROM COLONIAL OUTPOST TO CAPITAL CITY
    Levels 9 & 10

    History: The Making of the Modern World
    This program traces the development of the city from an isolated village to bustling city. It examines the impact on Aboriginal people, the democratic history of Victoria, and the role of Melbourne as capital of Australia following Federation.
     

    IMAGINING AUSTRALIA: PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT 1830-1860
    VCE Unit 3

    Australian History
    Area of Study 1 – the Port Phillip District 1830-1860.

    This program uses original sources from the early period of Port Phillip’s history to consider Aboriginal-European contact history, early settlement, politics on the gold fields and Eureka. It addresses Assessment task for Outcome 1: the Analysis of visual and/or written documents.

     

    Gold:

    THE IMPACT OF THE GOLD RUSH
    Levels 5 & 6

    History: The Australian Colonies
    Explore the former gold vaults to discover the story of Victorian gold. Discuss Eureka and the struggle for democracy. Find out how Victoria’s new found riches shaped Melbourne. Discuss the impact of immigration on the colony.

     

    THE EFFECTS OF GOLD ON VICTORIA
    Levels 9 & 10

    History: The Making of the Modern World
    Explore the building and discover more about 1850s Melbourne and the legacy of the Victorian gold rush. Discover how gold rush immigrants helped shape democracy in the new colony of Victoria, and learn about the struggle for democratic rights for both men and women. Compare panoramas of Melbourne from 1862 and 2012 to discuss the growth of the city.

     

    *New Programs*

    FAMILIES THEN AND NOW
    Level 2

    History: Personal and Community Histories
    How has family life changed over time? How have changes in technology shaped our daily lives? This program examines family life through photographs, artefacts and stories of the Maynard family who lived in the Caretaker’s apartment at Old Treasury from 1916 to 1928. The program includes activities and games of the period.

     

    STORIES FROM THE ARCHIVES
    Levels 3 to 10

    History: Historical Sources as Evidence
    This program introduces students to the use of documents, visual and other historical source material. It uses a rich selection of documents, maps and photographs from the Public Record Office Victoria. The stories behind the documents are explored with students.

     

    WILD COLONIAL BOYS
    Levels 5 & 6

    History: From Colony to State & The Impact of the Gold Rush
    Level 9
    History: From Colonial Outpost to Capital City and the Making of the Modern World
    This program explores the story of bushranging in Victoria from 1840-1880. It considers life in the Colony, law and order and stories of the bushrangers themselves, including Ned Kelly and the boy bushranger who inspired the song the ‘Wild Colonial Boy’.

    20 Spring Street
    Melbourne
    3000
    Victoria
    Australia

    $5.00 per student

    Minimum 10 students
    Maximum 60 students

    Schools entrance is at the rear of the building

    Programs include:

    Cross curriculum
    EXPLORE THE OLD TREASURY BUILDING (Levels 3 to 10)

    Visual Communication
    INVESTIGATING THE DESIGN OF OLD TREASURY (Levels 7 & 8)

    Civics and Citizenship
    GOVERNANCE (Levels 3 to 6)
    VICTORIAN DEMOCRACY (Levels 7 to 10)

    Early Melbourne
    CELEBRATING MELBOURNE (Levels 3 & 4)
    FROM COLONY TO STATE (Levels 5 & 6)
    FROM COLONIAL OUTPOST TO CAPITAL CITY (Levels 9 & 10)
    IMAGINING AUSTRALIA: PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT 1830-1860 (VCE Unit 3)

    Gold
    THE IMPACT OF THE GOLD RUSH (Levels 5 & 6)
    THE EFFECTS OF GOLD ON VICTORIA (Levels 9 & 10)

    *New Programs*
    FAMILIES THEN AND NOW (Level 2)
    STORIES FROM THE ARCHIVES (Levels 3 to 10)
    WILD COLONIAL BOYS (Levels 5 & 6, Level 9)

    $5.50 per student.
    Accompanying adults not charged (up to 1 per 12 students)

    Schools entrance- middle door at back of building.
    Lift allows ease of access throughout building.

    Cross Curriculum:

    EXPLORE THE OLD TREASURY BUILDING
    Levels 3 to 10
    Cross curriculum
    The Old Treasury Building was built in the 1850s to store gold and to provide offices for the leaders of the young colony, including the Governor. It was designed by the 19 year old John James Clark. Discover some of the 150 year history of the Old Treasury Building. Visit the Executive Council Chamber upstairs and the historic gold vaults and Caretaker’s apartment downstairs.

    Visual Communication:

    INVESTIGATING THE DESIGN OF OLD TREASURY
    Levels 7 & 8
    Design and Technologies Visual Communication
    Investigate the design and function of the Old Treasury Building. Identify and describe the purpose, intended audience and context of the building from different historical, social and cultural contexts. Compare the Melbourne Panoramas of 1862 and 2012.

    Civics and Citizenship:

    GOVERNANCE
    Levels 3 to 6
    Civics & Citizenship
    Visit the Executive Council Chamber on the first floor. Discuss the role and responsibilities of the Governor and the Executive Council. Visit the Deakin Room to discuss Federation and Melbourne as Australia’s first capital. Examine images of Old Treasury dressed up to welcome previous governors.

    VICTORIAN DEMOCRACY
    Levels 7 to 10
    Civics & Citizenship
    Discover how gold rush immigrants helped shape democracy in the new colony of Victoria and the struggles for recognition of voting rights. Discuss the Ballarat Reform League, Eureka and the origins of the secret ballot, women’s suffrage and Aboriginal rights. Visit the Executive Council Chamber to discuss the role of the Governor and the Executive Council, both past and present.

    Early Melbourne:

    CELEBRATING MELBOURNE
    Levels 3 & 4
    History: Community, Remembrance and Celebrations
    The Old Treasury Building has been at the centre of many of Melbourne’s civic celebrations and public events over the past 150 years. This program explores the role people have played in the development and character of early Melbourne. Examine the building, one of the fi nest nineteenth century buildings in Australia.

    FROM COLONY TO STATE
    Levels 5 & 6
    History: The Australian Colonies
    Investigate the founding of Melbourne from early settlement to international city. Discover some of the events and people who have shaped Victoria. Discuss the democratic history of Victoria and the role of Melbourne as capital of Australia following Federation.

    FROM COLONIAL OUTPOST TO CAPITAL CITY
    Levels 9 & 10
    History: The Making of the Modern World
    This program traces the development of the city from an isolated village to bustling city. It examines the impact on Aboriginal people, the democratic history of Victoria, and the role of Melbourne as capital of Australia following Federation.

    IMAGINING AUSTRALIA: PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT 1830-1860
    VCE Unit 3
    Australian History
    Area of Study 1 – the Port Phillip District 1830-1860.
    This program uses original sources from the early period of Port Phillip’s history to consider Aboriginal-European contact history, early settlement, politics on the gold fields and Eureka. It addresses Assessment task for Outcome 1: the Analysis of visual and/or written documents.

    Gold:

    THE IMPACT OF THE GOLD RUSH
    Levels 5 & 6
    History: The Australian Colonies
    Explore the former gold vaults to discover the story of Victorian gold. Discuss Eureka and the struggle for democracy. Find out how Victoria’s new found riches shaped Melbourne. Discuss the impact of immigration on the colony.

    THE EFFECTS OF GOLD ON VICTORIA
    Levels 9 & 10
    History: The Making of the Modern World
    Explore the building and discover more about 1850s Melbourne and the legacy of the Victorian gold rush. Discover how gold rush immigrants helped shape democracy in the new colony of Victoria, and learn about the struggle for democratic rights for both men and women. Compare panoramas of Melbourne from 1862 and 2012 to discuss the growth of the city.

    *New Programs*

    FAMILIES THEN AND NOW
    Level 2
    History: Personal and Community Histories
    How has family life changed over time? How have changes in technology shaped our daily lives? This program examines family life through photographs, artefacts and stories of the Maynard family who lived in the Caretaker’s apartment at Old Treasury from 1916 to 1928. The program includes activities and games of the period.

    STORIES FROM THE ARCHIVES
    Levels 3 to 10
    History: Historical Sources as Evidence
    This program introduces students to the use of documents, visual and other historical source material. It uses a rich selection of documents, maps and photographs from the Public Record Office Victoria. The stories behind the documents are explored with students.

    WILD COLONIAL BOYS
    Levels 5 & 6
    History: From Colony to State & The Impact of the Gold Rush
    Level 9
    History: From Colonial Outpost to Capital City and the Making of the Modern World
    This program explores the story of bushranging in Victoria from 1840-1880. It considers life in the Colony, law and order and stories of the bushrangers themselves, including Ned Kelly and the boy bushranger who inspired the song the ‘Wild Colonial Boy’.

    If your preferred date is within a month, it is advisable to contact the museum on (03) 9651 2233 prior to completing a booking form.

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