Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Town Hall Tuesday

Well, Williamstown Town Hall is bit different. Generally I am only using my phone camera of late because carrying a back pack with my proper camera does not agree with my arthritic neck. My neck pain is lessening very slowly. As old people say, I have my good days and bad days.

This photo of the town hall is nicely lit.


This one is better framed. As I snapped I had not noticed the old roof peaking above. New inserts of some kind, the red brick part. It makes it look strange and I really don't like it much.


During the 1990s the City of Altona and City of Williamstown were amalgamated to form the City of Hobsons Bay. The town hall was completed in 1919 and the extension behind in 1927. Of interest to note, and maybe it shouldn't be noted, but local councillor and one time mayor of Hobsons Bay was a intersex person. You can read a little about Tony Briffa here


The front part is still used as council offices and the council does meet in the building at times, but there is a nice modern building in Altona which is preferred. 

20 comments:

  1. Hooray for Tony. A true independent is rare - and valuable. It is interesting the he is the very first person who publically identifies as intersex elected to a very public role too.
    The Town Hall is a bit of a mixed bag isn't it? Two buildings married and not completely happily.

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    1. EC, many years ago I had some personal contact with Tony and I was impressed. I agree, not a happy marriage.

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  2. Getting old can be a pain in the neck.

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    1. Or a pain in the backside as in my case (sciatic) :)

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    2. Travel, pun accepted.

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    3. Cathy, I had that and it niggles at times but is kind of ok now.

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  3. Strange the apex wasn’t lined up with the centre point of the original building - or is it just the way your photo turned out

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    1. Cathy, it is pretty straight on in the second photo. I think you are right. It does not align.

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  4. The front section looks very strange. Even when a building is later expanded, the architects often try to make the new half compatible with the old half.

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    1. Hels, not a prize winner then as far as town halls go then.

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  5. Building looks on spooky side.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  6. I spy parking for just three bicycles... no employees are without a nice big car I suppose I'm not terribly keen on the building, it looks rather 'cold' to me..

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    1. Cro, maybe the bike racks are for people paying their council rates. Staff bicycle parking at the rear. It does have nice symmetry, to damn it with faint praise.

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  7. I like it, but to me it doesn't say Town Hall. Perhaps some other municipal building, like a Department of Motor Vehicles or other council offices or an Institute of ? pretty much anything.

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    1. River, lol, Department of Motor Vehicles.

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  8. I think it would look fine if it were not for the partially obscured roof in back.

    Interesting link about Tony Briffa.

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    1. Kirk, honestly the rear looks older. It is all quite weird.

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  9. Well that's an interesting mix of architecture Andrew, I'm not sure if the 1927 addition has been sensitively inserted 😊

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    1. Grace, never mind whatever happened at the front.

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