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Former Melbourne Magistrates’ Court

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Text from Melbourne Architecture

Former Melbourne Magistrates’ Court

North-west corner of Russell and La Trobe Streets

1911-13 GBH Austin (PWD)


The former Melbourne Magistrates’ Court is part of a precinct that has been devoted to law and order for more than 150 years and that includes the Old Melbourne Gaol, the former Russell Street Police Headquarters and the City Watch House. The Metropolitan Petty Sessions Court, as it was known at its opening, was designed by GBH Austin, an architect who, from the age of 16, worked in the public service. His stylistically diverse works included involvement with the 1888 Melbourne state College, Carlton court House and Mt Buffalo Chalet. The Magistrates’ Court Building followed what The Age newspaper described in 1911 as the ‘made in Austraslia’ principle: bluestone, blackwood and Gippsland marble and Moorabool stone (Batesford limestone) were used. The style of the building draws heavily from the Norman Romanesque sources, and its overall character respects the French-influenced Gothic Revival Working Men’s College next door. Inside, there were originally three main court routes to separate public, magistrates and prisoners.



Photograph above taken in 1935 by Dr J. Baum.

Four photographs of my own below.


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I have seen this court through the eyes which is not possible to captures this picture but i would say these are the awesome and tells thousands of story about the students how they react on the things and mainly behave on the go also you can take many assignment done by https://my-assignment.help/ for the success also you can take notes and learn more about the writing though.
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