History of the South Melbourne Town Hall

The South Melbourne Town Hall designed by Charles Webb, sits proudly on Emerald Hill as it has for some 130 years. In this time the grand building has served as a courthouse, firehouse, post office, police station, library, council office and community centre.  Prior to white occupation, ‘the hill’ was a site of great significance for the area’s indigenous communities.

Since 1997 the east wing of the Town Hall has been occupied by the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Bows and breath are drawn in unison in the serene Victorian space of the Main Hall, in the Council Chambers, the former Mayor’s Office and under the magnificent chandelier of the Ballantyne Room. Emerging from this history, the young musicians of the Academy explore new musical territory with a generous nod to the past.


Australian National Academy of Music
South Melbourne Town Hall
210 Bank Street

Getting here
ANAM is easily accessible via public transport with the No. 1 and 12 trams, and the No. 96 light rail all within walking distance. 

Car Parking
There is limited parking around the South Melbourne Town Hall.

Entry ramp, lift access and disabled parking available.

Out and about
South Melbourne boasts numerous cafes, bars, restaurants and markets as well as a wide variety of retail outlets.

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