Town Hall turns 150-years-old

THE City of Hobart will be celebrating the Town Hall’s 150th birthday with a fun-filled open day on Sunday 25 September.

Running from 10am until 4pm, the open day will feature children’s activities, music, food vans, Town Hall tours, a history book launch, birthday cake, dancing, historic trams and a tribute to architect Henry Hunter.

Elizabeth Street between Franklin Square and the Town Hall will be shut to traffic for the event, as well as one lane of Macquarie Street, to allow the trams to be set up in front of the hall, which they ran past for decades.

The City of Hobart has commissioned conservation architect and author Peter Freeman to write the history of the Hobart Town Hall and the finished work, titled “Municipal Magnificence”, will be launched at the open day.

The coffee table book is richly illustrated with photographs and illustrations and will cost $59.95.

As part of the historical celebrations, a time capsule will also be put together and will be opened in another 50-years at the 200th anniversary.

The City of Hobart is currently looking for stories and mementos of the Town Hall to place in the capsule.

Anyone with a story to tell can do so at the open day or online at https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/your-say-hobart.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum will also be joining the fun with their family day on Sunday 25 September.

As part of the celebrations, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will be putting on a number of free performances, including:

Quartets by Haydn and Schubert at the Hobart Town Hall on 14 September from 5-6pm.

Trios and Quartets by Haydn, Loeffler and Mozart at the Hobart Town Hall on 18 September from 11am to 12pm.

For more information about the open day celebrations, visit hobartcity.com.au/hobarttownhall.

Caption: Preparations for the Hobart Town Hall’s 150th birthday are ramping up for the open day on Sunday 25 September 2016.Photo credit: Rosie Hastie.

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