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South Melbourne Town Hall

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.

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