Tuesday, 7 August 2012

MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, SPRING

Melbourne Town Hall is the central municipal building of the City of Melbourne, Australia, in the State of Victoria. It is located on the northeast corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, in the central business district. It is the seat of the Local Government Area of the City of Melbourne. It has been used for multiple purposes such as theatrical plays, exhibitions as well as school concerts.

The Town Hall was designed by the famous local architect Joseph Reed, in the Second Empire style. Reed's designs also included the State Library of Victoria, the Royal Exhibition Building, and Melbourne Trades Hall. The building is topped by Prince Alfred's Tower, named after the Duke. The tower includes a 2.44 m diameter clock, which was started on 31 August 1874, after being presented to the council by the Mayor's son, Vallange Condell. It was built by Smith and Sons of London. The longest of its copper hands measures 1.19 m long, and weighs 8.85 kg. The Main Auditorium includes a magnificent concert organ, now comprising 147 ranks and 9,568 pipes. The organ was originally built by Hill, Norman & Beard (of England) in 1929 and was recently rebuilt and enlarged by Schantz Organ Company of the United States of America.

Spring is beginning to make its presence felt, even though the air is cold and the nights are long. The seasonal floral displays are a regular feature outside the Town Hall.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme.






7 comments:

  1. A really nice place you have there. I love the flowers too! DRopping by from OWT.

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  2. Melbourne town hall is a great building with beautiful sculptures on its walls. I found the crowd in the vicinity rather intriguing to cruise around for street candids :)

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  3. You have such a nice city. Love all those colorful flowers.

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  4. I've never been to Australia, but I'm wondering if Melbourne's climate is similar to Vancouver's but with winter and summer reversed. Wonderful to see the colourful flowers, and i really enjoyed your detailed description of the town hall. The description of the organ was especially interesting.

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  5. What a lovely display of flowers! I love the views of the city!

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  6. Great serie of shots. Well done, man!

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  7. Wonderful photo's, I love the flowers!

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