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Bendigo Town Hall: Council Chambers

Architect: George Avery Fletcher 1859, William C. Vahland 1866, e+ architecture 2003

Bendigo | BEN04

Building Description

The Bendigo Town Hall is a prominent heritage building in the heart of Bendigo. During the height of the gold rush, Bendigo’s civic leaders decided that the appearance of the municipal building did not reflect the wealth and splendor of Bendigo’s ‘golden age’. Local architect W.C Vahland was commissioned to redevelop the Town Hall and came up with a masterpiece that helped to secure his place as one of the city’s most revered architects. The Town Hall interiors feature decorative plaster adorned with 22-carat-gold leaf, reflecting the stories of a city built on gold. In 2003 The Bendigo Town Hall returned to the elegance and beauty of its 19th century heritage after an extensive restoration and renovation program including plasterworks, murals and gold leaf worked by skilled artists and artisans. From the significant Council Chambers to the magnificent view from the minstrel’s gallery, the Bendigo Town Hall will leave an impression on anyone who visits.

What's On

Self-guided tours available during the opening hours of the Old Council Chambers and Town Hall Reception Room.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October 10am-4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Access: Limited mobility,Pram accessible. All ages

  • Notes: Toilets available.

  • Building Type: Government

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Stop 2 Vintage Talking Tram Stop. Receive 15% off GoGet with the code OHM15, see Top Tips For A Great Weekend page for more details.

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  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Greater Bendigo


189-193 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550, Bendigo VIC


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