Monday, December 3, 2012

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - December 2012

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - December 2012.


Clue 1 - This crest adorns the first Melbourne public building not built of stone.
Clue 2 - One of few Australian buildings in the true Renaissance revival style,
and a virtual copy of the Raphaels Palazzo Vidoni-Caffarelli in Rome

! This puzzle is now solved !

Congratulations Rob
for correctly identifying the location to be the former Royal Mint in Williams Street, Melbourne.

Your Winner's certificate is on the way,

and as you are an Osca Customer, for solving the puzzle using only two clues,
your next 5 shirts are on the house.

Remaining Clues
Clue 3
Clue 4

Following the establishment of the Sydney Mint as a Branch of the Royal Mint in 1855, the British government back in London required to be convinced of the need for a second Australian branch. When gold was discovered in Victoria, there was a strong enough case for the proposal that a second mint was authorized and the first coins were struck in Melbourne in 1872 during a visit from His Excellency the Governor and Viscountess Canterbury. The Melbourne Mint opened for business on the 12th of June 1872.

In 1873, the first full year of production, 165,000 half sovereigns were struck along with 752,199 sovereigns. Production basically continued to increase, and 1880 saw the yearly total exceed 3,000,000 coins.
Until 1916 it minted only gold sovereigns, and all Australian coins between 1927 and 1967.
The administrative building is said to be the first public building in Melbourne not built of stone, as it was constructed of brick on a blue stone base.

Constructed in 1872, and designed by JJ Clark, this is considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance Revival in Australia. Freestanding on its site, the building is finely detailed, with corner guardhouses and a perimeter wall. The building once included a Coining Hall, Melting and Assay Departments to the rear, unfortunately demolished in 1968.
Long the home of the marriage Registry and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, it has been leased to the private sector since 2001.

Royal Mint building as seen in Google Earth
The next Where in Melbourne Puzzle will be posted on Wednesday, 1st of January 2013.