This group of students were fascinated by the Old Treasury Building and it's history and went in search of traces of ghost signs that might relate to the L&S Archives.
Emily McAlister, Rebecca Origlia, Ashleigh Welshe and Riane Tangimama
Our group - Emily McAlister, Rebecca Origlia, Ashleigh Welshe and Riane Tangimama chose to explore the Old Treasury building which has three archival items located in the Lewis and Skinner website. These items interested us because they have a very strong significance to Melbourne’s history and culture. We were also drawn to the creative aspects of the documents.
After we found the documents on the Lewis and Skinner archive we widened our search by researching online about the Old Treasury Building. Upon looking at the Old Treasury Building website: (http://www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au/), we contacted the people of The Building via email to ask if there was a possible way of finding out information on the selected L&S archives. After receiving an email back they allowed us to stop by and have a look around the Building with a little information provided by the tour guide.
Upon going to the Old Treasury Building we did not find out any additional information than we already knew about the Building (information found from the Old Treasury Building website). From the information we found at The Building we did not find that it answered the questions we were researching. It did however explain how the Old Treasury Building came to be, through the extensive history of not only Melbourne but of Australia as a whole.
In conclusion our group has been thoroughly engaged in the experience of the research and have enjoyed the experience of finding out information that we may have never explored. We all were engaged in the project in different ways which widened our research method. Yes, this project makes us look at our environment differently not only seeing and taking notice of the Old Treasury Building but other ghost signs in and around Melbourne and surrounding areas.
(All additional material information found from: http://www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au/about-old-treasury-building
The Old Treasury Building (20 Spring St East Melbourne), is regarded as one of the finest nineteenth century buildings in Australia. The building occupies a unique position in the history of Melbourne. Its origins lie in the 1850s Victorian gold rush, which brought great wealth to Melbourne, and its construction between 1858 and 1862 was symbolic of the rapid development of the city.
The Old Treasury was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark, and is a reflection of the vision that Melbournians of the 1850s gold rush era had for their future city. His design for the Treasury Building was in the Renaissance Revival style, derived from the 'Italian palazzo' form popular in the nineteenth century.
The three-storey rectangular building is elegantly proportioned, 200 feet across, 55 feet in depth and 70 feet tall, with three main entrances to the ground floor, central section portico with upper story colonnaded arcade and elaborately detailed window pilasters and pediments.
The exterior of the building is finished in Bacchus Marsh sandstone, its bluestone foundations were mined from Bald Hills Quarry (Bacchus Marsh), and the floor above the barrel-vaulted basement is a metre thick.
As well as being built to store the colony's gold, the Treasury Building provided offices for the leaders of the young colony, including the Governor, the Premier (at the time called Chief Secretary), the Treasurer and the Auditor General. When the Treasurer and his officers moved to the State government offices at 2 Treasury Place in 1878, the building was renamed the ‘Old Treasury’.
As a leading public building in Melbourne, located in a prominent position with open space around it, the Old Treasury has been the focus for many celebrations and major public events. The arrivals and departures of the Governors of Victoria were occasions for expressions of loyalty to the Crown and sometimes for political statements.
The Old Treasury continues its unbroken history of governance in the affairs of the state. The Governor of Victoria continues to meet there weekly with the Executive Council to sign off legislation in the magnificent Executive Council Chamber situated on the first floor.
The Treasury Building was one of the first of many major government buildings designed by John James Clark. He began designing the building in 1857, at the age of nineteen.
Born in Liverpool, England in 1838, Clark arrived in Melbourne with his family in 1852. He immediately obtained work as a draftsman with the Public Works Department, and received his first commission in 1856, for the Government Printing Office. Clark toured Europe through 1858 to study Classical and Italian Renaissance architecture, and his completed designs for the Treasury Building reflect his passion for the style.
Clark’s many subsequent buildings in Melbourne, country Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand bear his signature style of elaborate ornamentation, grounded in Classical principles of proportion and balance.
A devoted and tireless practitioner, Clark died in 1915, having never retired. His architectural legacy is among the most distinguished in Australia.