Annual Sir Kel Awards – Christmas 2017

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Chinese Museum

OMNI men from Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge visited the Chinese Museum in Chinatown on Tuesday. Our guide Nick took us through the history of the Chinese people in Australia then a walkthrough of Chinatown.


Old Treasury Building Visit

A very enjoyable visit to the Old Treasury Building was had by OMNI men on the third Tuesday of the month ( 30 August ).Built in 1858-1862 it was a product of the 1850’s gold rush. Built in the Renaissance Revival style from Sandstone from Bacchus Marsh and Bluestone mined from Footscray.

The architect was John James Clark, a 19 year old immigrant from Liverpool who also designed Government House, the Royal Mint, City Baths and the Queen Victoria Women’s Hospital.





Tour conductor Lynne explains the Welcome Stranger gold nugget ( 97.14 kg )


St. Francis church ( Cnr Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets ) by  J. Atwood circa 1854


Chief penguin makes his protest


Chief penguin passes the pennant


Off to Chinatown for lunch