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$1 million Glenelg Town Hall conservation begins

Wednesday 9 October 2019

It’s been almost two decades since her last makeover and now the Glenelg Town Hall – which is close to 144 years old – will be given a new lease of life thanks to a series of conservation works starting this week.

Undertaken by the City of Holdfast Bay, this will include the conservation of the Clock Tower and the building’s southern and eastern façades.

City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson says the conservation works are essential to preserve the Glenelg landmark, which dates back to 1875.

“The City of Holdfast Bay is committed to preserving our city’s historical buildings, while celebrating and protecting the city’s rich history and culture,” Mayor Wilson said.

“The Glenelg Town Hall is a beautiful and iconic building in our city and this conservation work is an important step to protect this landmark for future generations.

“We estimate the stage 1 works will cost $1 million and the project is fully funded by the City of Holdfast Bay.”

The project, which began today (8 October) and is expected to take six months to complete, involves a range of conservation work to the clock tower and the building’s southern and eastern façades:

• The existing clock faces will be removed and re-cast and all the internal mechanisms repaired.

• The building’s lead roof will be replaced, stonework repaired and the building’s exterior repainted.

• Scaffolding will be constructed around the building’s exterior and will cover the entire clock tower and southern façade for the majority of the six-month project.

• A fenced site compound will also be provided at the base of the scaffold and to the south of the building.

There will be some minor changes to pedestrian access, however the Bay Discovery Centre museum and gallery, the Visitor Information Centre and Boomers Café will all remain open.

Sir Henry Ayers laid the building’s foundation stone on 11 December 1875. In 1884, the rounded dome at the top of the tower was added to house the clock donated by Mayor Thomas King.

The building was last refurbished in the early 2000s as part of the Bay Discovery Centre upgrades.

For more information visit or contact City of Holdfast Bay on 8229 9999.