If you thought you knew all about Victoria's bushrangers, think again.
Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria is now showing at Old Treasury Building featuring records from our collection alongside items on loan from across Victoria.
Meet the first bushrangers convicted in 1842 who were tried and executed publicly as an example to others. And the audacious gang who held up travelers on St Kilda Road in the 1850s of which William Strutt’s famous work, Bushrangers (pictured Courtesy of the Ian Potter Museum of Art), was inspired.
Visitors can also meet the youngest bushranger, Jack Doolan, who inspired part of the well-known bushranging song The Wild Colonial Boy.
Wild Colonial Boys is presented by the Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria. It features records from the state’s archives close archives Definition Records considered to have continuing or permanent value that have been, or will be, transferred to the custody of an archival organisation; also used to refer to the buildings in which archival records are stored and to organisation that have responsibility for archival records. and other intriguing artefacts, including Mad Dan Morgan’s death mask from the collection of the Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Melbourne and Dan Kelly’s armour, on loan from the Police Museum.
And it asks us to think about how we see the bushrangers today. Were they indeed nineteenth century ‘Robin Hoods’ – or just common criminals? We’ll leave you to judge.
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne