Leichhardt Town Hall

This imposing structure is the Leichhardt Town Hall, sitting at it’s elevated position at the corner of Norton and Marion Streets in Leichhardt in the inner west.

The Town Hall was built along with several other town halls in Sydney to coincide with the Centennial Year of Sydney in 1888. The neighbouring Leichardt Post Office was also built in that year.

The building was particularly significant for local residents. A reported 5,000 people turned out for the opening with reports suggesting it provided a feeling of pride or signified the “coming of age” for the suburb. The focal point of the building is arguably the 3 storey clock which was a later addition tot he building. It was opened in 1897 in front of another large crowd and commemorated Queen Victoria’s 60th year of reign in that year.

It originally cost £6,000 and hosted a library from 1888 to 1895. It is still used today to host community events, performances and functions.

Note: I try to be as accurate as possible but make no guarantees. Please use this information at your own risk.

Sources:
http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/government/imperial/display/96680-queen-victoria/photo/2
http://localnotes.net.au/?tag=leichhardt-town-hall
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=1940707

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Leichhardt Town Hall

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