Melbourne Glaciarium

The Melbourne Glaciarium opened in Melbourne in June 1906, at Southgate near the present Arts Centre and was a full-blown rink capable of International standard skating and ice hockey.

This was the first ice arena in Australia and the 3rd-largest rink in the world with an ice surface 180ft by 90ft or about 1,500 square metres. In 1925, "The Glassy", as it was popularly known, accommodated a grand piano in an orchestra area conducted by Frank Bladen, who had played with the Pavlova and Gilbert and Sullivan orchestras. It had seating for 2,000 people and it hired 1,500 pairs of skates. Up to 5,000 people attended hockey matches and ice and snow sports carnivals at any one time.

A newsreel of the time shows the first building was destroyed by fire in 1917. It was rebuilt and was the longest operating rink of the original indoor rink era in Australia, perhaps the world. The building was destroyed by fire again on Good Friday, 1964, and this time it did not rise from its ashes.

Public skating sessions always finished with 'Till We Meet Again'.

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