Wayward Women?

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This exhibition is not currently accessible. Here is the announcement from the Old Treasury Building on 16 March 2020:

Due to the current health crisis the MUSEUM at the Old Treasury Building will be closed to the general public until further notice. We apologise to our visitors for this disruption, but have taken this step to safeguard the health of all – visitors, staff and volunteers – and to assist in containing infection. At this stage we do not know how long the closure will last.

Here is the information about the event as previously originally planned:

This exhibition is on show throughout March 2020. It presents ten stories about individual women’s lives in the past.  All of the women could be described as ‘wayward’.  Either intentionally, or through force of circumstance, they transgressed society’s rules in some way. Some prospered, but others paid dearly for their actions.

The women and girls featured in this exhibition all lived in Victoria in the decade from 1894-1904. It was a time of great privation for many people, with the economy in deep depression and unemployment high. There was little in the way of government assistance for those in need and the charitable organisations that tried to help had scant resources.  Many were turned away.

Wayward Women? is presented by Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria

The Old Treasury Building is closed on Saturdays, but open to the public from Sunday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Last admission is at 3:45 pm.

Admission is free; donations are welcome.

For further information, visit the Old Treasury Building's webpage about this exhibition.


March 01, 2020 at 10:00am - March 31, 2020
Old Treasury Building
Old Treasury Building · · (03) 9651 2233