Take a Heritage Tour of Wesley Place
Discover the unique history of 130-150 Lonsdale Street
History, technology and nature intertwine with our five revitalised and restored heritage buildings. Experience an interactive tour with our new Heritage Trail, now open.
Our QR code enabled Heritage Trail takes will take you on a short walk through the precinct, home to some of Melbourne’s most significant neo-gothic heritage buildings and architecture.
Artefact displays along the trail showcase a curated collection of objects uncovered during archaeological digs of the site prior to development.
Commencing in 2017, over 100,000 artefacts were uncovered during our archaeological digs, along with the remains of buildings along Jones Lane and Lonsdale Street, now dubbed ‘the Buried Block’.
Slate pencils, dressmaker’s pins, remnants of chamber pots, Chinese porcelain figurines, and even a whale’s tooth were unearthed, capturing the richness of the city during the 19th and early 20th century.
Of the thousands of artefacts uncovered, one on display in the trail is a piece of Indigenous history of the Kulin Nation. A rare glass scraper, now listed on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register, was expertly crafted from glass using flaking techniques originally perfected for stone tools.
Details of our incredible Heritage Buildings are also waiting to be discovered along the trail, such as the Wesley Church’s magnificent spire, the first significant church spire Melbourne had seen when it was built in 1858 and was reportedly used to adjust ships’ compasses at sea.
Our Heritage Trail is free and features both written and audio stories for our rich history to be experienced by all. Open everyday of year, view more about our exciting Heritage Trail.