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Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Architect: Western George Hallendal

City of Melbourne | C35

This Art Deco building is divided into two identical drill halls, with messes at the centre and either end of the building. The drill hall was used as an indoor parade ground, as a gymnasium, and as a social centre for dances and films. The site of the drill hall was continuously occupied by the Army from 1866 to 1988. Today the western end of the building is the home of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. During Open House, visitors will be able to see the photographic exhibition ‘Remembering Melbourne 1850–1960’ which illustrates the city’s transformation over this time. The exhibition captures what has been lost and forgotten, concealed and overlaid, demolished and reborn.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Western end

  • Tour Type: C35

  • Tour Details: On the spot guided tours for up to 15 people will be available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility access

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: An RHSV exhibition, curated by Carole Woods with assistance from David Thompson and Julia Jackson, 26 April‒8 August. Vera figured in the earlier exhibition as secretary of the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau in Cairo and London 1914‒18.

  • Year Built: 1939

  • Transport: Tram stop: Flagstaff Station on routes 12, 30, 35, 55, 58, 109.


239 Abeckett St, Melbourne 3000, VIC


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