Christmas at the Old Treasury

A new display at the Old Treasury Building recaptures the joy of creation, with decorations hand made to patterns from the 1920s. From 1916-28 the Old Treasury Building was home to the Maynard family – John, Emma and their eight children, who lived in a five-roomed flat in the basement. John’s salary as building caretaker was modest and it was a large family. There was not much money to spare. This was true of most people at the time, despite popular images of the ‘Roaring Twenties’. A stunning variety of clever decorations has been made this year by volunteers at the Old Treasury Building to decorate the Maynard’s flat in appropriate style. From simple chains, to intricate pointed stars, they point to the ingenuity of people in the past making do with what came to hand. This is an original display that contrasts with the opulent decorations in the rest of the building and is well worth a look this Christmas. It reminds us of a time when everyone in the family had a hand in making and hanging Christmas decorations.
    • 20 Spring Street, East Melbourne 3002
    • 8 December 2016
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