Melbourne, Photography

Watching the Clock

For today’s post I have prepared some more images from the Council Chambers at the Melbourne Town Hall.  The images will show you more of the actual room.

ChambersThe room has so many beautiful features. The wood panelling with all the carving, and the added details.  “The panelling around the walls and upstairs plus the doors is blackwood from Tasmania.  We are told that the carving took two years to complete.” I was told this from Rosalyn, tour guide from the Town Hall.

Looking Towards the Clock

This image gives you more of an idea of where the rest of the Councilors sat.  The chairs are really comfortable, and you can pull a handle out from the bottom so the chair will sort of recline.  Much of this is original.  I like that they haven’t tried to modernise it too much.  I know some has to be done, but I am glad the original features are still there.

With this image, I wanted to capture the clock, and tried to get the seats and benches to lead you to the clock.  The clock is so gorgeous.  It looks old and the date is changed manually every day by hand.  You don’t get to see clocks like this much anymore.

If you are interested interested in seeing some of the history, Rosalyn has given me a link, so click here.

The Dome in the Ceiling

This is the ceiling in the Chambers.  It is so beautifully crafted.  There is an “Australian theme in the room – gum leaves in the carving, and again in the plaster work on the ceiling”.  Gives is a wonderful theme, and I have to say, quite unusual for the time.  Remember Parliament House, how it was trying to emulate the Parliment System and architecture of England, so for the Town Hall to celebrate it’s place and things that made us Australian is really wonderful.

Rosalyn also said, “It’s worthwhile adding that the Lord’s Mayor chair is actually from the former council chamber (in the Town Hall) and is actually the oldest piece of furniture in the Town Hall.”  Makes the chair that little bit more exciting.  I showed you the chair in my post last week.

I have processed the images, though I haven’t done a lot to them.  They didn’t seem to need too much. I am trying out some stuff, and it is interesting.

Don’t forget that those of you interested, there are tours every week day, except public holidays, of the Melbourne Town Hall.  They are at 11am and, I think, 1pm.  Not only do you find out about the great building, you also find out some history about Melbourne as well.  If you are interested in a tour, then go to this link.

Images for Sale

I have put up all the images I took on Sunday morning in Lorne on my website.  All the images are now available for sale as canvas prints or prints.

To look at the images then please go to my Photocart here.


  1. Yes, you’re right about the tour times, Leanne. I went on the 1pm tour last Friday, with tour guide, Ken. Very interesting :)

  2. Hi Leanne, I’m new to your blog, but I love what I see. What a beautiful room. I love architecture and especially really old architecture that has a lot of history in it. Your leading lines to the clock was brilliant! I love the repetition of the tufted seats. The rich colors are very nice as well as the stained glass dome on the ceiling. Great job!

  3. I like your choice of subject and the photos remind me of other beautiful buildings I have visited.
    What you write extends the pleasure that can be experienced in this old building.
    Thanks for liking my post we must have similar tastes.

  4. This place is breath taking. I would love to photograph it. Lovely images as always.

  5. I can almost feel heated discussions taking place in this chamber over the year! Lovely atmospheric feel..

  6. I wished to be able to visit there… but with your beautiful photographs I can feel the ambience. Thank you dear Leanne, love, nia

  7. Ann says

    Beautiful! They sure don’t build things like they used to.

  8. What I like about this room is the sense of reverence it creates. The colors and textures and details all tell you that it’s an important and meaningful place. Does the lighting naturally highlight the clock? I am also intrigued by how you captured both the beautiful and detail of the glass dome and the interior design. I find that that’s hard to do; it seems I can get one or the other in crisp detail.

    • Diana, the images are HDR images, though for the dome, I had to do a lot more work that just that.

  9. Your buildings are certainly artistic. Is Australia just neat and clean with gorgeous buildings everywhere or are you photoshopping out all the trash? Everything looks pristine except your abandoned pictures. :)

    • No it isn’t pristine, though areas like this are not really accessible to everyone, so that is why they stay pristine. We have our fair share of grunge and graffiti.

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