Build over 150 years ago, one of Melbourne’s most distinctive cultural showcases is the Old Treasury Building, which takes visitors on a fascinating journey back in time to the time of the Victorian gold rush that contributed to the wealth and prosperity of the city as it is today. Experience the cultural attractions dotting this famous locale when you base your stay at one of the fine Melbourne serviced apartments on offer, such as the Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne. Charming interiors and gracious hospitality make this one of the finest options for Melbourne furnished apartments in the city. An elegant sight in Melbourne comes to you courtesy of the Old Treasury Building, awash in historical import. Its rapid construction that rivals modern construction companies in terms of speed and efficiency symbolizes the quickening development that fueled the city in its gold rush era. Incorporating elements from the Italian “Palazzo” style of construction, its façade paints an imposing sight to the visitor. Originally built to house the gold reserves of the colony, it is now a resplendent museum that has also functioned as the focal point for celebrations and significant public events. Its permanent exhibition, titled Victorian Archival Treasures chronicles the history of the region from the mid nineteenth century, with important artefacts and documents that detail personas and events such as Ned Kelly and his gang, white settlement in the area, Indigenous Victorians, the gold rush, Victorian democracy, and other cultural facets. The Built on Gold exhibit narrates the fascinating impact of this precious metal in shaping the early cultural landscape of the European settlement that mined the land of gold. Visitors will encounter various images, engaging multimedia features, and valuable artefacts that all paint an authentic and compelling tale of one of the most intriguing aspects of the Victorian region: the gold rush.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.