Perth Town Hall

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Perth Town Hall
Perth Town Hall - Perth.jpg
General information
Type Town hall
Architectural style Victorian Free Gothic
Location Cnr Hay and Barrack streets, Perth
Town or city Perth
Coordinates 31°57′18″S 115°51′38″E / 31.955°S 115.860556°E / -31.955; 115.860556Coordinates: 31°57′18″S 115°51′38″E / 31.955°S 115.860556°E / -31.955; 115.860556
Current tenants City of Perth
Groundbreaking 24 May 1867
Completed 1870
Owner City of Perth
Design and construction
Architect Richard Roach Jewell & James Manning

The Perth Town Hall, situated on the corner of Hay and Barrack streets in Perth, Western Australia, is the only town hall built by convicts in Australia.


Perth Town Hall August 1929

Designed by Richard Roach Jewell and James Manning in the Victorian Free Gothic style, the hall was built by convicts and free men between 1867 and 1870. Its decorations contain a number of convict motifs, including windows in the shape of the broad arrow, and decorations in the shape of a hangman's rope.

Looking up the jarrah staircase; photographs on the wall are of each Lord Mayor of Perth, starting with George Shenton

The foundation stone for Perth Town Hall was laid on 24 May 1867 by Governor Hampton in a ceremony involving a lot of pomp and parade. However, there were torrential downpours. The ceremony went on anyway with an official procession from Government House and a mock battle performed by the Volunteer Regiments, Enrolled Forces of Pensioners, and the WA Country Regiment.

Hay St. by Albert Henry Fullwood c. 1911

In 1929, the Centenary of Western Australia one of the events in the city of Perth was the placing of a commemorative plaque in the northwest corner of the building by the Governor Sir William Campion.

For many decades in the 20th century, shops were built into the sides of the ground floor, and the public lavatories accessible from Barrack Street were the only ones available for some distance. The shops included pharmacies, and lunch bars. All these businesses and the attendant structures were removed prior to the renovation of the hall.

At the time of its centenary in 1970,[1] the ground floor was still full of commercial businesses.

The Town Hall was restored in the late 1990s at the base in an award-winning restoration to repair the interior of the hall and the gothic arches at its base, which were "modernised" in the middle of the 20th century.


  1. ^ Phelps, Delys (1969) 100 years : a history of the Perth Town Hall originally printed in the Royal Western Australian Historical Society's Journal. - reprinted by the Perth city council in 1970

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