Clocktower Centre

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The Clocktower Centre

The Clocktower Centre, previously known as Essendon Town Hall or Moonee Ponds Town Hall, is a civic building in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne, Australia. Operated by the City of Moonee Valley, it is a venue for performing arts as well as community and corporate activities. It is located at 750 Mount Alexander Road, at the junction with Pascoe Vale Road.[1]

Building history[edit]

The building has evolved substantially over time. It was originally built as the Essendon Mechanics Institute, in a Victorian architecture style and opening in September 1880.[2]

In February 1886 it was officially rechristened as the Essendon Town Hall. By 1914 the town hall had been extended and was reopened in July of that year. In 1930, a clock was installed in the clocktower and in 1941 the building was again modified with sections being rebuilt.[2]

After the council chambers were moved to the new civic centre in 1973, the town hall was converted to a community centre. It was renovated and officially opened as the Essendon Community Centre in 1976. A fire in 1978 caused substantial internal damage to the building but by 1979 it had been repaired and reopened.[2]

In February 2000 following substantial renovations, the building was officially reopened as the Clocktower Centre.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Clocktower Centre". City of Moonee Valley. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "Clocktower Centre History". The City of Moonee Valley History Online. Essendon Network for Employment and Training. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 

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Coordinates: 37°45′56″S 144°55′28″E / 37.765622°S 144.924576°E / -37.765622; 144.924576