The once City of Prahran is now covered by the City of Stonnington after council amalgamation. Prahran Town Hall and Malvern Town Hall are the only town halls within the amalgamated area...I think.
It is not definitive, but Pur-ra-ran was an local Aboriginal tribal name for 'land partially surrounded by water'. It is an odd name to pronounce for those who don't know. Close is Pruran but often the first r is dropped.
Prahran Town Hall was built no doubt with gold boom money in 1861 to a design by architects Crouch and Wilson. Oddly, and I know nothing about this, the Wikipedia entry says the clock tower was truncated in the 1960s. Very strange. Why?
It is located on the corner of Chapel and Greville Streets and is now a community space, with some council offices and a library. It is right on the street without a setback which in my opinion detracts from its grandeur.
A photo with the non truncated clock tower, and in my opinion it looks better. I note the windows below the clock are quite different too. Ok, I am getting out of this rabbit burrow before hours disappear.