Camberwell Civic Precinct
James Gall 1890-91, Irwin and Stevenson 1924, Mockridge Stahle and Mitchell 1978
The precinct has been home to Boroondara Council services since 1890 and comprises three buildings steeped in rich architecture, heritage and social history.
The original Camberwell Town Hall by architect James Gall was built in 1890-91 facing Camberwell Road for £10,000. Its imposing stucco hall and 30-metre-high lofty clock tower have been a striking feature of the Camberwell skyline for over 130 years.
Throughout the early 1900s, several alterations were undertaken to adapt the building to meet the community's evolving needs, including additional council office space and alterations to the original shire hall backstage area. In 1924 architects Irwin and Stevenson designed a Néo-Grec building which provides a sympathetic and discrete extension of the original hall.
In 1975, planning began for new council offices with the second and third buildings opening in 1978, designed by mid-century modern architects Mockridge Stahle and Mitchell. The striking precast white reconstructed stone structural frames and round header windows are an ode to the original town hall.
Today the site is home to Boroondara Council’s head office, incorporating the council chamber, library and function rooms, and housing most council staff.
There will be guided tours with Boroondara Council staff, as well as self-guided tours available.
Images: (1) Camberwell Town Hall. Photo: James Thomas, courtesy of City of Boroondara.; (2) Camberwell Civic Precinct. Photo: James Thomas, courtesy of City of Boroondara.; (3) Camberwell Civic Precinct, customer service entry. Photo: James Thomas, courtesy of City of Boroondara.; (4) Camberwell Library study area. Photo: James Thomas, courtesy of City of Boroondara.
Time & Date
Saturday 29 July
Open access 11am-4pm
Tours run 11.30am + 2pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 20
No bookings required
Meet at The Chamber entrance, 8 Ingelsby Road Camberwell
Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access
8 Ingelsby Road Camberwell VIC 3124