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Old Treasury Building presents the history of the Yarra, featuring records from PROV's collection such as William Thomas correspondence and plan detail from Surveyed Lands to the Northward of Melbourne surveyed by Robert Hoddle in 1837. The exhibition takes us from ancient watercourse to the city-lit river we know and love today.

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Old Treasury Building
Spring Street, Melbourne


Image Gallery

William Thomas, correspondence, 12 March 1841, VPRS 11, P0, unit 7, item 375 In this report Thomas describes the proposed sale of land on the north side of Bolin lagoon in March 1841 as ‘one of the most serious losses hitherto sustained by the Blacks’.

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