Old Treasury Building, Melbourne

Old Treasury Building, Melbourne
Old Treasury Building, Melbourne

Old Treasury Building
Established 2010 (built in 1862)
Location Melbourne, Australia
Type museum
Website http://www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

The Old Treasury Building on Spring Street in Melbourne, was once home to the Treasury Department of the Government of Victoria, but is now a museum of Melbourne history, known as the Old Treasury Building.



The Old Treasury Building was constructed between 1858-62 [1], and is considered one of Australia's finest Renaissance Revival buildings, constructed in palazzo form and built from wealth accumulated during the Victorian Gold Rush to house the state gold vaults.

The building was designed by young architect J. J. Clark[2] at just 19 years of age. The oldest surviving designs for the building date back to 1857, and many of JJ Clark's drafts are on display throughout the building. Clark later went on to design the Brisbane Treasury in Queensland, considered to be another fine example in a classical style.

Miles Lewis once described it as the "finest public building exterior in Australia".

It is the cornerstone of the Treasury Reserve government precinct adjacent to the Treasury Gardens and creates an important vista terminating Collins Street, the financial spine of the city.

When the official treasury offices were moved in 1877-78, the building was nicknamed the 'Old Treasury'.

The building is also notable as it was the unofficial first capital building of Australia. In February 1899, a "secret" Premiers' conference was convened, after which it was decided Melbourne's Parliament House would be the temporary capital until the location of the Australian National Capital was officially announced.

Old Treasury Building

The Old Treasury Building, previously housed City Museum and reopened in 2009 as a not-for-profit organisation with the permanent exhibition 'Victorian Archival Treasures' and 'Built on Gold'.

The museum's permanent exhibition, Victorian Archival Treasures, presents a rich narrative of Victoria's history from the 1830's, highlighted by key documents and artifacts from Public Records Office Victoria (PROV). These documents and artifacts once held in the Old Treasury Building gold vaults explore themes of Indigenous Victorians and first white settlement in 1835, Ned Kelly and Criminals, Victorian Democracy, Victorians at Work and the Gold Rush.

Built on Gold is particularly inspired by the epic story of the Victorian gold discoveries from 1852 to 1862. In those ten years Melbourne was transformed from a struggling settlement town into a bustling city of international reputation. Built on Gold traces this story through historical themes and explores the economic, cultural and recreational aspects of the city’s life, then and now.

Presented through a dynamic combination of significant artefacts, images and multimedia exhibits Victorian Archival Treasures brings history to life. Included in the displays are highlights from Public Record Office Victoria, such as Ned Kelly's Babington Letter from 1870, the only existing letter written by Ned himself; Robert Hoddle's field book from 1843 and many more original documents which illustrate Melbourne's cultural heritage.

In the media

The Old Treasury Building features in the climactic sequence of the movie 'Knowing'. Though set in Boston, Massachusetts, the movie was shot in Melbourne. A number of other Melbourne landmarks are also featured.


  • The Treasury Reserve. Frances O'Neil. Department of Infrastructure. 2000.

External links

Old Treasury Building Public Records Office Victoria Coordinates: 37°48′47″S 144°58′27″E / 37.813153°S 144.974121°E / -37.813153; 144.974121

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Old Treasury Building — is name used for many buildings including; Treasury Building, Brisbane built 1886 1928 in stages Old Treasury Building, Melbourne built 1858 62 Old Treasury Building, Perth This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title.… …   Wikipedia

  • Treasury Building, Brisbane — The former Queensland Government Treasury Building, is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on a city block surrounded by George Street, Queen Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street. The building is near the northern end of Victoria… …   Wikipedia

  • Treasury building — can refer to multiple buildings around the world:*Old Treasury, Melbourne, Australia *New Treasury, Melbourne, Australia *Treasury Casino, Brisbane, Australia * Treasury Building , (now Grand Medina Hotel), Adelaide, Australia * Treasury Building …   Wikipedia

  • Treasury Gardens, Melbourne — The Treasury Gardens consist of 5.8 hectares (14.4 acres) on the south eastern side of the Melbourne Central Business District, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The gardens are bounded by Wellington Parade, Spring Street, Treasury Place, and… …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Mint — Location: Melbourne, Australia Founded/First coin struck: 1864 Architect …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre — Location South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Central Shopping Centre — Melbourne Central Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Recital Centre — The Melbourne Recital Centre, part of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Address Corner of Southbank Boulevard an Sturt Street City …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Town Hall — Looking East along Collins Street toward the Melbourne Town Hall General information Location Melbourne, Australia …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Museum — in the Carlton Gardens Established 1854 Location Melbourne, Australia …   Wikipedia