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Melbourne Town Hall


Melbourne Town Hall

The Melbourne Town Hall is a magnificent heritage building steeped in history and located on the corner of Swanston and Collins Street, in the heart of the city.

His Royal Highness Alfred Ernst Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone on the 29 November 1867.

The new building was opened officially by his Excellency the Governor of Victoria Lord Viscount Canterbury on 9 August, 1870. The Tower was named ‘Prince Alfred’s Tower’ after the Duke of Edinburgh who, on his second visit to Melbourne in 1869, laid a capital on one of the columns of the Town Hall Clock Tower. The Duke was the first official guest in the soon-to-be-completed Town Hall.

The Town Hall clock was made by Smith and Sons of London and was presented by Vallange Condell, the son of the first Mayor of Melbourne, to the Council on 7 September, 1874.

Free tours of Melbourne's historic Town Hall give visitors the chance to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building.

Experience the grandeur of the impressive wood-panelled Council Chamber, stand on the Portico where the Beatles waved, sit in the Lord Mayor's chair, and view the richly carved Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ. With more than 10,000 pipes it is the largest grand romantic organ in the southern hemisphere.



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 90 - 120 Swanston Street Walk  Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia | MapMap opens in new browser window
 Telephone: (03) 9658-9658

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