Let’s face it; a Town Hall is a Town Hall no matter where in the world it is located. Seems somewhere on planet earth is a place where all town halls are designed, because they all seem to look very similar – a tall bell or clock tower that really tells the ratepayers that ‘we are here and watching you to make sure you don’t put your rubbish in another ratepayers bin.’ They all seem to have an elaborate portico where the mayor and important people can arrive at the main door free of getting wet, wind blown or scorched by the sun. Above the portico is a place where that same mayor can be seen by the general populace on an gracious outdoor area free of the sun, wind and rain – mayor might even give a very dignified wave to the assembled throngs of peasants, err ratepayers. And all of my above ramblings are directed to the outside of the building, can you imagine what I’d do with words on the inside if I really got fired up – LOL
As shown on the information panel per photo the Adelaide Town Hall was first mooted way back in 1840 when the site was purchased for 12 Shillings – sorry I cannot answer who received that grand sum of money.
What little we saw of the interior was just like any other Town Hall of the same period – fine marble floor, gracious wooden staircase leading to where ‘God sits’ and so on.
The interior also had a very dignified statue of Queen Adelaide herself (photo) 1792 – 1849 after whom the city was named. Lady Gaw and I made one fingered salutes in the former queen’s direction. No doubt she would have muttered something like, “We are not amused,” and maybe guards would have been dispatched to ‘sort us out.’
OK all jokes aside – well not quite; if the guy in charge of Adelaide is called a mayor, who pray tell is the stallion?
Another magnificent building in Adelaide, is the Town Hall.
The Adelaide Town Hall was known as “the largest municipal building south of the Equator” when it was officially opened on 20 June 1866.
The site was used initially as a produce market selling hay, corn, butter, poultry as well as eggs, fish and vegetables. All that changed in 1863, when the foundation stone was laid for the new Town Hall.
If you walk along King William street, on the Town Hall side, you will pass through the Arches made out of white freestone, trouble is, will all the fumes etc. from traffic, they don't look white!
The Italianate tower was named in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, who had died not long before. The Italianate structure is capped by a lantern-dome and stands 146 feet (44 metres) high.
The tower is the only civic building outside England to house a full peal of 8 bells which are also named in honour of Prince Albert.
The hall is famous for an appearance by The Beatles on the balcony in 1964, which attracted an estimated 300,000 fans, their biggest crowd.
The Adelaide City Council conducts free one hour guided tours through the Town Hall’s Public Spaces and Civic Rooms, including the Queen Adelaide Room and the Colonel Light Room.
TOURS ARE FREE
WHEN.....Each Monday morning at 10am (by appointment only).
OPEN....Monday - Friday 9-5pm
A landmark heritage building, the Town Hall manages to capture the essence of history yet being graced with modernity.
Located across from the Adelaide GPO, its a marvel to magnificent architecture and elegant interiors.
Open: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday