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Historic Hobart institution marks 150-years

HOBART residents took a trip down memory lane last month for the 150-year anniversary of the Hobart Town Hall, which opened for the first time on 25 September 1866.

The historic milestone was marked on Sunday 25 September 2016 with a street party and open day that included children’s activities, entertainment, food trucks and guided tours of the hall.

The day also saw the launch of Peter Freeman’s commemorative book on the history of the Hobart Town Hall.

The tome documents the building’s social history and how it has been used over 150 years to house concerts, rallies, flower shows, gala balls and polling booths.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Galley (TMAG) also hosted a family day focusing on historic Hobart with a display of original building plans, a Town Hall model building and the Private Secretary’s Cottage.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said celebrating important milestones allowed residents to take a moment and reflect on the history of the city.

“The anniversary of this iconic building allowed us to celebrate the people and events that have been involved with the Town Hall over the past 150 years,” she said.

“Over the coming months we want people to share their stories and are looking for stories and mementos of the Town Hall for a time capsule we have created.”

The capsule will be buried under the stage in the Town Hall Ballroom with instructions for it to be unearthed in 2066 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Hobart Town Hall.

“I am excited that we are raising awareness of the Town Hall and its importance not only in its history, but today, to enable the building to continue to be treasured for another 150 years,” Ald Hickey said.

For more information about how you can share your story or memento for the time capsule go to www.hobartcity.com.au

Caption: Crowds gather in Hobart to celebrate 150-years of the iconic Town Hall. Photo credit: Rosie Hastie

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