Town Hall memories

Town Hall memories

We love Sydney Town Hall

Sydney couple Gary and Dale Andrews (pictured above) have fond memories of Sydney Town Hall – it was where they met exactly 50 years ago. Their story is one of countless memories of Sydney Town Hall that the City of Sydney wants to hear about during the National Trust’s Heritage Week.

On 22 August 1964, Gary, a violinist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, was playing in its annual gala concert at Sydney Town Hall. Dale, a young Sydney Conservatorium of Music student, was in the audience.

During interval some fellow music students introduced the pair, and Gary and Dale were married 4 years later. Mrs Andrews still has her copy of the orchestral program from that concert in 1964, and the City is urging other Sydneysiders to search their attics, albums, storage containers and memories for their own Sydney Town Hall memorabilia.

Share your memories

Lord Mayor Clover Moore encourages Sydneysiders to bring along their personal mementoes to the ‘We love Sydney Town Hall’ open day on 3 May.

"We know that Sydney Town Hall is architecturally significant and striking. It has special significance for Sydneysiders and we want to hear the stories and connections people have with this beautiful, historic building.

"Before the Sydney Opera House was built, Sydney Town Hall was the city’s biggest performance venue and home to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

"Over the years, thousands of proud parents have looked on as their children have held centre stage, and music lovers have enjoyed concerts of all genres, from violin concertos to Kurt Vile and Lady Gaga.

"It has also been the scene of many passionate political rallies, civic receptions, balls, graduations, weddings, exhibitions, conferences and parties," the Lord Mayor said.

Town Hall open day

The City hopes people will bring Sydney Town Hall-related keepsakes, including souvenirs, such as ceramics, postcards, scarves, medallions, key rings, teaspoons, as well as costumes, trophies, photographs and programs. Your items will be assessed for historical value by the City’s historians and archivists and may be photographed to be included in the first major exhibition about the building’s social significance later this year. You will also be able to take part in behind-the-scenes tours of the building on the day.

Sydney Town Hall curator Margaret Betteridge said there is no comprehensive record of all the events that have taken place at the building since it opened in 1889, and the open day is an attempt to fill in some of the gaps. Ms Betteridge said Sydney Town Hall has hosted many important historical events, including:

  • the Federation Banquet in 1901
  • celebrations for returning Anzac soldiers in 1916
  • the Prince of Wales' visit in 1920
  • the Debutantes Ball in 1968, organised by the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs
  • the Olympic Reception in 2000, for international athletes and officials.

We Love Sydney Town Hall
Saturday 3 May 2014

Lower Town Hall
483 George Street (entry on Druitt Street)
Sydney NSW 2000


For more information about the event, please contact:

Margaret Betteridge
Sydney Town Hall Curator
02 9265 9074

Last updated: Wednesday, 7 May 2014