This building has been a prominent Sydney landmark for almost 100 years, hosting a variety of events including exhibitions, concerts and sporting events. This is the Hordern Pavilion located at Moore Park in the old Easter Show Grounds. “The Hordern” as it is referred to by locals was constructed in 1924 at a cost of £45,000. It was built as exhibition space for the Royal Easter show and in its early days was prime position for high end retailers due to its size and prominent position near the show’s main entrance.
It was named after the Hordern family which included Sir Samuel Hordern, President of the Royal Agricultural Society from 1915 to 1941. It underwent renovations in 1972, with the existing columns removed as well as construction of a bar and ticketing boxes. This transformed the pavilion into a concert venue to help fill the void left by the demolition of Sydney Stadium in Rushcutters Bay which made way for the Eastern Suburbs railway line. Throughout the 70s it attracted many big name acts including Jethro Tull and Eric Clapton until the opening of the larger and more central Sydney Entertainment Centre in 1983, after which “The Hordern” became a prominent venue for Sydney’s rave scene.
In the late 90s, after the Easter Show had moved to Homebush, The Hordern went through another refurbishment and became an independent concert venue. In recent years the 5,500 capacity venue has hosted more big names including One Direction, The Killers and Coldplay.
While much focus on the Hordern Pavilion’s history is centred around its use as a concert and exhibition venue, it has hosted many other types of events as well. Some of these include model aeroplane contests, tennis tournaments, boxing matches, wrestling, roller derbies, gymnastics, religious events and it’s use as an army bulk store.
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