Coburg City Hall
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The original building, built by Cockram & Cooper Builders and designed by C.R. Heather A.R.V.I.A., consisted of a white dome and two wings (each with a hall), and was officially opened on 1 April 1922, by the Earl of Stradbroke, and Mayor W.E. Cash. The foundation stone reads: "Built in honour of those who served in the Great War 1914-18", referring to World War I.
The stone on the Eastern Wing (now near the new office extension) reads: "C.E. Williams for efforts to establishing a free Public Library in Coburg. 30 June 1923".
The Coburg Town Hall had the first installed, Australian-designed and constructed film projection unit (Raycophone) in 1930. At the opening night Mayor Cr. Campbell read letters from the Premier and PM Scullin who wrote: "If similar steps were taken extensively the present depression would be vastly relieved". It is also reported that the dome at the front of the theatre used to show a neon sign saying "Talkies" until the late 1940s.
On the corner of Elm and Urquhart Street is the "Coburg City Band and Truby King Rooms". The foundation stone was laid on 10 October 1925 by Sir Truby King, and completed on 24 July 1926, with a keystone laid by Mayor Cr. J. Robinson. It was designed by D.McC.Dawnson C.E. and now houses the Elm Grove Infant Welfare Centre.
After the amalgamation of the City of Coburg with the City of Brunswick and the southern portion of the City of Broadmeadows in 1994 to form the City of Moreland, the City Hall became the corporate headquarters of the new Moreland City Council (City of Moreland).
Following the amalgamation, the City Hall was extended from Bell Street through to Urquhart Street, and included additional function rooms built in 2000.