Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Town Hall Tuesday

I took the photos but this post was much delayed by our Tasmanian holiday and subsequent events.

As I teased, there was something really unusual about South Melbourne Town Hall. I had not noticed before really how grand the town hall is, now under the amalgamated auspices of City of Port Phillip.

No point in delaying further. The town hall clock has blue clock faces. They don't show up terribly well in the photos but you can see they are blue. Blue clock faces are found all over England, but I have never seen them in Australia before.

The town hall was designed by well known at the time Melbourne architect Charles Webb and opened in 1880. I am sure you are as impressed by the building as I was when I looked at it properly.

The building is now used as a community centre and I think the Australian National Academy of Music are peppercorn rental tenants. 2004 saw a restoration but internal ceilings collapsed in 2018, now repaired.

I seem to remember going to a library there, but it is not there now.

A glimpse of the old and the new.


What do you think? Impressive?





Bugger. I chopped the top off.




Across the road was a library of sorts, with a focus on local history and genealogy. I found us on the electoral rolls in 1999 before we moved here. Harold Alexander was a highly respected Town Clerk between 1935 and 1964. Town Clerks were effectively Chief Executive Officers of local government and they were very powerful positions to hold.


17 comments:

  1. It is indeed an impressive building.
    Since himself has refused to vote since 1975, he doesn't appear on any electoral roll. Yes I know it is compulsory but when he didn't vote in a number of elections a letter was sent to his parent's home saying that he had been taken off the roll. Needless to say I disapprove.

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    1. Did he ever get fined for not voting? My daughter got fined twice and decided she might as well make the effort after that, even though she has no idea which promiser of lies to vote for.

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    2. He never has been and since he is no longer on the electoral roll he simply doesn't exist for voting purposes.

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  2. It certainly is an impressive building, the largest Town Hall I have ever seen. I've never seen blue clock faces before.

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  3. Beautiful/. And very British, I think.

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    1. And very expensive to build. They must have dedicated a lot of community funds to build the entire programme.

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  4. That's a pukka Town Hall. Plenty of pillars, plenty of inscriptions, and a whopping clock tower (complete with blue-faced clock. Perfect.

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    1. Cro, ye who enter must be intimidated by the grandeur and take their visit seriously.

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  5. Gorgeous building, they sure did build them grand. Much prefer those to today's buildings.

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    1. Margaret, I try to see merit in modern building but I usually fail.

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  6. Blue by you...who knew? You, but not me!

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  7. Interesting building, worth saving.

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    1. Very well worth saving, Travel.

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  8. Totally intimidated by the tower. I would be afraid to try to enter.

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  9. Oh yes indeed, tres impressive and grand Andrew.. blue clock faces... hmmmm! I believe you 😊

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