Trade Up…

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in Events, Melbourne, Tourist | 2 comments

Trade Up…

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The next stop on our Melbourne Open House Day expedition was the Victorian Trades Hall.

It’s the gorgeous old building on the bottom of Lygon – it usually has a huge pro/anti banner on it and houses events during the comedy festival and has a bookshop in the basement.


When we arrived we were allowed to wander about. This was both cool and a bit creepy – I think we went off the beaten path a bit. The interior feels well worn and I was enchanted by the wear groves in the stairs but some areas, as many of the lights were off, felt a bit run down.
We did really like one of the upstairs rooms that had an intimate stage which Bean took to with panache as Dino and I requested a soliloquy. At least we got the first line.

The venue showcased some interesting artist installations from a short movie to cute patty case butterflies.

And had an old banner declaring the 8/8/8 ruling – I guess it still applies but as we chatted about it and none of us felt we got eight hours of play a day we realized by the time we got to and from work, cooked and cleaned it felt like a lot less. Do you feel you get your eight hours work, rest and play a day? (anyone else now humming the snickers Mars song?).


This building has been working to raise funds for a refurb and I hope they get it – it’s a great space and packed with potential!


Random facts:

Following the successful Tailoresses Strike in 1882, Trades Hall leaders requested 14 acres of land in Lygon Street for the Female Operatives Hall. In those days females were not permitted entrance to the committee rooms of Trades Hall Council so it was necessary for a separate structure to be built. **

After the successful Eight Hour Day campaign of 1856, it was decided that a Trades Hall building should be built as a monument to this victory and also as a forum for all union concerns.**

Victorian Trades Hall has been incorrectly referred to as Melbourne Trades Hall in several recent references, but the more established and historical references cite “Victorian Trades Hall” or simply “Trades Hall” as the correct name.***

** VTH Site
*** Wiki

Tomorrow we will take a break from the MOH as I share a yummy and cheap restaurant with you!


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  1. Don’t you mean the Mars bar ad, Miss Melbourniangirl??!!

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