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Acquisition by Museum Victoria

After the demolition of the Colonial Mutual Life building in 1960, the granite blocks were purchased privately. Over the years various pieces were sold off and the remaining blocks were moved several times. Eventually, they came to be stored at Laverton North, about 15 km west of Melbourne.

In the mid-1990s, the land the blocks were occupying was compulsorily acquired by VicRoads, the authority responsible for freeway construction. The authority agreed to allow the Museum to acquire selected pieces showing the range of ornamental features. Twenty-five blocks were chosen and moved to the Melbourne Museum site in Carlton in May 2000. The remaining blocks were destined to be crushed.


Granite blocks stored at Laverton North
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