The Ballarat Mining Exchange
The Ballarat Mining Exchange is one of those historic venues that simply look amazing.
Managed by Her Majest's Theatre the venue consists of a large main hall with smaller rooms off to the sides.
The Mining Exchange building was constructed in Lydiard Street, Ballarat in 1887-9. Foundation stones for this building, the Fine Art Gallery and the Old Colonists Association building, all in this section of Lydiard Street, were laid on 21 June 1887, Queen Victoria's Jubilee Day. It was designed by the local architect C. D. Figgis, and replaced an earlier stock exchange established at the corner of Sturt and Lydiard Streets. As early as 1857, the buying and selling of shares took place as a result of the formation of mining companies, necessary to finance the costly deep sinking of mines. Groups combined to provide funds and shares were made available to the general public. As a result a new class of person arose whose livelihood was in the dealing of shares.
The Mining Exchange building comprises a two storey block of shops at the front and a large single storey exchange hall at the rear. A central entrance in the symmetrical front facade leads to the main exchange hall, which is itself flanked internally by arcaded brokers' booths with arched clerestorey windows above, and a call room at the rear. The bull nose, corrugated iron roof of the main hall is supported on light trusses, principally formed of tension rods. Internally a bow fronted balcony projects above the entrance, set within an open elliptical archway with matching archways either side.
8-14 Lydiard Street North Ballarat Central, Ballarat City, Victoria, Australia
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ 8 - 12 Lydiard Street North Ballarat | Map
✆ (03) 5333 4242
❊ Web Links ❊
→ The Ballarat Mining Exchange
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Her Majesty's Theatre | Ballarat
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