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Photograph - Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1890 Image Reg. No: MM 39257

Black & white photograph of the Treasury Building Melbourne, taken by the studio of Nettleton & Arnest, circa 1890.

This photograph is part of a collection of 47 photographs of Melbourne taken in the late nineteenth century by the commercial photographic studio of Nettleton and Arnest. The collection comprises of 47 photographs from a single album, and taken circa 1890. They feature significant Melbourne buildings and streets including Parliament House, the Treasury Buildings, St Patrick's Cathedral, the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne University Colleges. Few people feature in the photographs, which are predominantly focused upon architecture. The collection is significant as it provides a visual record of Melbourne's early development, and also reveals the work of an important local photography studio.

Charles Nettleton was a prolific outdoor photographer who worked over a period of forty years in Australia, after moving to Melbourne from the United Kingdom in 1854. In 1867, he was appointed official Royal photographer in Australia and he also worked as the official police photographer for over 25 years in the 1860s - 1880s. His photographs were exhibited at international exhibitions in Dublin in 1865, Paris in 1867 and Sydney in 1879. Nettleton retired in 1890, as new dry plate photographic technology made the wet place process he employed redundant. His photographs are held by major institutions around Australia.

John Mond Arnest's history and association with the firm of Nettleton and Arnest is more obscure. Arnest emigrated from America to Melbourne in the 1880's and was employed by the large photographic firm of William Nutting Tuttle and Co in Elizabeth Street. He operated a photographic studio in Hamilton, before settling in Colac where he lived and worked as a photographer until his death in 1920.
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A view of the Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne, showing the front entrance and surrounding gardens. A sculpture of a man is located to the left of the building, and a British flag is flying from the roof.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: buildings, fences, flags, government offices, lighting, portraits, roads, sculpture
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: GOVERNANCE
Secondary Classification: Treasury
Tertiary Classification: offices
Original Caption: TREASURY
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Treasury Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890
Photographer: Nettleton & Arnest Photographic Studio, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890


annie adol Posted on 05 Jun 2010 4:24 PM
What about info re: car parks for wedding. Very frustrating, no information at all.It's important for inter state guests!
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 Jun 2010 1:05 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Annie. If you are interested at carparking at Museum Victoria sites please refer to our Visiting sections for Melbourne Museum, for Immigration Museum, there is metered or parking stations around the Museum (such as that on Flinders Lane) & at Scienceworks there is an onsite carpark. If you are referring to the Treasury building itself, this is not a Museum Victoria venue and you should contact the Treasury itself.

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