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.