Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Town Hall Tuesday

North Melbourne Town Hall was built in 1886 and known as Hotham Town Hall in the then Borough of Hotham. The area's name change to North Melbourne happened the following year. This part of North Melbourne has been covered by City of Melbourne since 1905. I think it may be a contender for my favourite town hall. It is just magnificent and it is not a stand alone building as to the right for say one hundred metres a double story row of shops extends along Errol Street. I forgot to take that photo.

Errol Street is a very pleasant and wide street and also has wide pavements with a good number of outdoor dining cafes and restaurants. It is quiet, the traffic is slow and quiet and you would barely know you are five minutes by tram away from the edge of Melbourne's Central Business District. You are further from North Melbourne Station which is in West Melbourne and its a twelve minute walk away. It is best to catch the Elizabeth Street 57 tram with a rather good daytime service.


You can see some of the shops attached to the town hall in this photo. The cast iron drinking fountain was donated by former mayor of the borough Thomas Henderson and is on the Victorian National Trust register. This is curious as so far as I know, this a reproduction of the original, although just as nice. Bubble taps have replaced the chained and ever so hygienic enamel drinking mugs and water spout.


The area seems to have changed over the preceding decade. I remember Errol Street cafes busy serving thirty to fifty year old men with thinning and often dyed dark hair, loud accented voices, dark clothing, dark sunglasses, dark tans and driving dark Mercedes. Maybe they were shift workers and had the daytime to dine in Errol Street, or maybe they had 'no visible means of support' to tax. Just sayin'...

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  1. That is a truly impressive building. Thank you for yet again showing me parts of Melbourne I do not know.

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    1. EC, thanks. Many Melburnians would not have seen it.

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  2. Nice And Quiet, Dig It - Excellent Capture There As Well - Love The Roos Statue For Sure

    Cheers

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    1. Yes Padre. The roo is pretty cool.

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  3. Call me old fashioned but I too think that North Melbourne may be a contender for the most elegant town hall.

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  4. There must be a catalogue somewhere, where ex-Mayors can find suitable cast iron donations for their boroughs (and of course have their name immortalised).

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    1. Cro, indeed I expect there is. I wonder what it would be listed under.

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  5. I'd go with the "no visible means of support" theory myself. Every city has its share of those. It's a very nice building and I like the drinking water fountain.

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    1. River, I think they may be self employed salesmen of some product. Thanks.

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  6. Very nice and that fountain looks similar to the one in our city park.

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    1. Margaret, I remember the one in your City Park. I must have taken photos.

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  7. The drinking fountain is lovely Andrew, enjoyed seeing the detail shot. 1886 was a good year for architectural design 😉

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