FEATURED in Australian Capital Cities 18-02-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens @ 17mm, ISO: 100, Aperture f9, Shutter: 1/160

The Melbourne Town Hall is a magnificent heritage listed building in Swanston Street, Victoria, Australia. Melbourne was officially incorporated as a town on 13 December 1842, however, it wasn’t until 1854 that its first modest Town Hall was completed. Begun in 1851, the work ground to a halt with the beginning of the Victorian gold rush. This modest building was demolished in the 1860s and the foundation stone of the current, grander Town Hall was laid on 29 November 1867 by the visiting Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. Itofficially opened on 9 August 1870 with a lavish ball. 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. 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 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 foundation stone of the additional front portico on the Swanston Street frontage was laid in 1887, and Sir Henry Weedon laid the foundation of the administrative annex building in 1900. In 1925, a fire destroyed a large part of the town hall, including the main auditorium and pipe organ. It was rebuilt and enlarged, extending east over the site previously occupied by the Victoria Coffee Palace, an early temperance hotel frequented by Melbourne’s power brokers. The rebuilt section lost some of Reed’s original flourishes including the elaborate mansard roof. 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 .

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome work Christine!!…isn’t it just amazing how all these buildings were burned and new ones erected, the organ sounds more than interesting…beautiful hdr!!

  • Thanks Kate for both your nice comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • DmitriyM
    DmitriyMalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice and clear shot!

  • Thank you very much DmitriyM.

    – Christine Smith

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 3 years ago

    A fantastic iconic Melbourne scene, complete with the tram, superbly captured, Christine!!! BTW, I have heard the organ played there and it was magnificent.

  • Thanks Phil. They were tuning the organ the day we were there, but I’d love to hear it played properly.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 3 years ago

    A super building, great capture Christine …

  • Thanks so much Tom.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lynden
    Lyndenalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely photo Christine!

  • Thanks Lynden.

    – Christine Smith

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 3 years ago

    This photo is eligible to be entered into the $20 challenge for February 2012. Good luck!

  • Thank you so much for featuring this image in ‘Australian Capital Cities’ Graham. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks for letting me know Graham. I’m absolutely thrilled to have come in the top ten.

    – Christine Smith

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