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The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne is the central library of Victoria, housing over 2 million books and 16,000 serials.
The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne is the central library of Victoria, housing over 2 million books and 16,000 serials. Originally built in Victorian Period Academic Classical style and inaugurated in 1856, it has been renovated and expanded several times since then. The Queen's Hall was the first reading room, featuring chandeliers, murals, plasterwork, and fluted Ionic columns. The Coats of Arms of the founding trustees can be seen under the portico between the columns, while Justice Sir Redmond Barry's Coat of Arms is above the entrance door. The main reading room today is The Dome, a voluminous octagonal structure 35 metres in diameter and height, with 4 gallery levels. There are several other reading rooms, including the Chess Reading Room dedicated to the game, Genealogy Reading Room, Heritage Collections Reading Room, and Arts Collection Reading Room. The collection of the library includes the diaries of Melbourne's founders John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, the folios of Captain James Cook, and the original armour of Ned Kelly.
The Cowen Gallery showcases an important collection of Victorian artworks dating back to early Eurpoean settlements and Melbourne's founding. The collection is spread across the Red Rotunda, which showcases 19thcentury works, and the Blue Rotunda which showcases 20thcentury art.
The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum on the site of the former prison that was operational from 1845 to 1929
The 50 m high Coop's Shot Tower is a heritage building dating back to 1888, when it was built for the production of lead shot balls
Chinatown in Melbourne along Little Bourke Street dates back to the Victorian Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, and is the oldest Chinatown in Australia
Crown Casino is the largest casino in the southern hemisphere, offering a heady mix of gambling machines and table games in a glitzy setting
Melbourne City Centre or the CBD refers to the area in which Melbourne was originally established in 1835, bound by Spencer Street to the west, Spring Street to the east, Grattan Street, Queen Victoria Market and La Trobe Street in the north, and Flinders Street to the south
The Royal Arcade is the oldest surviving shopping arcade in Australia, dating back to 1870
The Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in Melbourne's CBD that takes you back in time to the 19th century