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Melbourne Town Hall

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Text from Walking Melbourne

The National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne

Melbourne Town Hall

Corner Swanston and Collins Streets


The Town Hall reflects the civic pride of Melbourne’s citizenry, and the Italianate / French Second Empire design, dominated by a spire-like clock tower, served as a prototype for most town halls in Victoria. Designed by Joseph Reed and partner Frederick Barnes, the main hall was built by 1867, the tower added in 1888. After a fire, the auditorium was enlarged and rebuilt in 1928 in a Stripped Classical style by Stephenson & Meldrum, graced with large murals by Napier Waller. The Administration Building designed in a closely matching style by Grainger Kennedy & Little with JJ & EJ Clark, was opened in 1910, and includes the ornate Council chambers, with rich timber and plaster decoration inspired by native plants.


Melbourne Town Hall before the portico was added in 1888 and the auditorium enlarged in 1928.


The interior of the old smaller Town Hall auditorium that was destroyed by fire in 1925.


Postcards of the Melbourne Town Hall throughout the ages, below.


One can see the new enlarged auditorium on Collins Street in this postcard below.


The Town Hall at night.


Below, four of my own at street level, Swanston Street.

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In 1880 minus clock in the clocktower and portico on Swanston Street.

Melbourne Town Hall


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New Melbourne Visitor Hub Opens At Town Hall

27 August 2018

The new Melbourne Visitor Hub at the iconic Town Hall will offer visitors a more bespoke, local and uniquely Melbourne experience as the Andrews Labor Government’s $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project steams ahead.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren today joined City of Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp to officially launch the new hub which will be one of the city’s busiest visitor service points.

The new visitor centre, located within the historic Melbourne Town Hall is replacing the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square which has now closed to make way for Metro Tunnel works.

Visitors will enjoy a more personalised experience at the new hub which will encourage a greater interaction with staff and volunteers to help visitors make the most of their stay.

The space also features more digital access and an exhibition space which showcases Melbourne’s local retail and hospitality businesses as well as key events and attractions.

The opening of the Melbourne Town Hall Visitor Hub will be followed by the Queen Victoria Market Visitor Hub which is due to open later in the year and will help showcase Victoria’s regional produce and the market’s cultural heritage to local and international visitors.

Tourism in Melbourne is on the rise with the total number of visitors reaching 29.5 million for the year ending March 2018, a jump of over 5 per cent year-on-year. Total tourism expenditure for Melbourne has also increased to $17.1 billion, up 7.4 per cent in the same period.

The Melbourne Town Hall Visitors Hub joins an extensive network of vital tourism services which help drive the overall visitor experiences of millions of visitors to the city, greater Melbourne and Victoria.

The Melbourne Visitor Hub at Town Hall will be open from 9am to 6pm seven days per week except for Christmas Day.

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