Rockdale Town Hall

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Rockdale Town Hall
Rockdale Town Hall.jpg
The portico and tower of the town hall as seen from the Princes Highway
Rockdale Town Hall is located in Sydney
Rockdale Town Hall
Rockdale Town Hall
Location in Greater Sydney
General information
LocationPrinces Highway, Rockdale, New South Wales
Coordinates33°57′12″S 151°08′24″E / 33.95329°S 151.13996°E / -33.95329; 151.13996Coordinates: 33°57′12″S 151°08′24″E / 33.95329°S 151.13996°E / -33.95329; 151.13996
Opened12 October 1940 (1940-10-12)
by The Rt Hon. The Lord Wakehurst KCMG
Design and construction
ArchitectDouglas Gardiner

The Rockdale Town Hall is a civic building located on the corner of the Princes Highway and Bryant Street in Rockdale, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Rockdale Town Hall was opened by The Rt Hon. The Lord Wakehurst KCMG, Governor of New South Wales, on 12 October 1940.[1] The building was designed by then-local architect Douglas Gardiner, who became a Melbourne-based partner of Bates Smart & McCutcheon after World War II.[2]

Built at a cost of 20,000, the council chamber was at the time of construction 49 by 28 feet (14.9 m × 8.5 m) and the auditorium was 85 by 56 feet (26 m × 17 m). It is built of face brick detailed with stone at copings and around window architraves. The building entrance is marked by a stone portico and brick tower.[3] The hall's interiors have elaborate art deco style plaster details to it walls and ceiling. The building is listed on local government heritage register within the New South Wales Heritage Database as "a fine representative example of a late inter-war stripped classical building with functionalist influences".[4]

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  1. ^ "ROCKDALE'S NEW TOWN HALL OPENED". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 14 October 1940. p. 11. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ Goad, Philip (2004), Bates Smart : 150 years of Australian architecture, Thames and Hudson Australia
  3. ^ "BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 16 January 1940. p. 7. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Rockdale Town Hall". New South Wales Heritage Database. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 11 July 2012.