The main reception room of the Bendigo Town Hall featuring its elaborate plasterwork, gold filigree and hand painted wall and ceiling panels. This stunning interior, as befitting the centre of the richest gold fields of Australia’s 19th century gold mining boom, is one of the reasons for the building being listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as a building of architectural and aesthetic significance.
A major remodelling of the Town Hall was undertaken between 1878 and 1886, to a master plan by Bendigo architect William C. Vahland, and this resulted in a dramatic change in the character of the town hall building. Many existing entries, porticoes, internal walls and windows were reused, with alterations to the exterior including the addition of three towers and mansard roof, and to the interior including the rearrangement of ground floor offices, extension of the upper floor, and extension and remodelling of the main hall.
In 1885 the exterior of the building was rendered and plastering of the interior was commenced, modelled by Otto Waschatz. The painting of the main hall was finished in 1902, finally completing Vahland’s master plan.
While on the official tour of the building, I was amazed to find this spectacular room “corporate vandalised” by the installation of a modern bar and a refrigerated drinks cabinet. Please forgive my inexpert cloning out in PSE 10 of the offending items from this image….I wish someone would remove the real objects….maybe they were only there temporarily for a function.
Taken with Pentax k-r on 13 June 2012.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6