Colonial Melbourne Town
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The city of Melbourne prides itself on its reputation as ‘Australia’s cultural capital’, and its development from an outpost shanty town to an antipodean metropolis is a fascinating journey. From the very birth of the colony, art has documented and communicated the growing mythology and history of Melbourne, which in turn has contributed to our collective understanding of its cultural narrative.
The University of Melbourne, 1856

Gain insights into everyday life in Victoria in our gallery of artworks by ST Gill, colonial Australia’s most popular artist.

Sandridge and Hobson's Bay, from Williamstown

Sandridge and Hobson's Bay, from Williamstown

8. Founding of Melbourne, landing from the Yarra Basin.jpg (524×405)

8. Founding of Melbourne, landing from the Yarra Basin.jpg (524×405)

The Governor Hotham Hotel, Burwood Road Hawthorn 1856

The Governor Hotham Hotel, Burwood Road Hawthorn 1856

St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne 1886

St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne 1886

Early 20th Century postcard showing Parliament House Melbourne

Early 20th Century postcard showing Parliament House Melbourne

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