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FIRST GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

OLD BUILDIXG TO BE DEMOLISHED.

One of the earliest landmarks in Mel- bourne, tho.fii'sl ..overnnicnt House, which was erected at Jolimont, is shortly lo be demolished.' - The building was brought from England in parts,'and erected in 1839. It was occupied, by Governor C. J. La Trobe. It has now become the property of Mcssr,. Bedggood and Company, boot manufacturers whose factory adjoins. In- creasing business demands an extension of premises, and the old building must give way to urgent requirements. The Early Pioneer-,' Association is interested in the old edifice as a relic of Australian history, and Mr. W. .Smithers (judd, the secretary of (he association, is organising a day of in- spection. Ile has uppealcd to Messrs Bedggood and Co. to allow the oltl build ing. which is un advanced state of decay, to remain for a few days, so that invitations cm I»' issued to a number of leading citi .ens to see it before it is demolished. On behalt of the linn -Mr. Daniel Bedggood consented. The Lord Mayor has signified his willingness to take part in the function.

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