The Queen Victoria Building is an elegant multilevel retail outlet which stands proudly in the heart of Sydney. It is a much-loved and busy thoroughfare, as the Town Hall underground railway station opens into the building's basement. Many office workers commuting to and from the city each day are persuaded into some last minute retail therapy or a great coffee on the way past.
The Queen Victoria Building is named after Queen Victoria from England and was built in 1898 as a monument dedicated to her. At that time, Australia was in a recession and the elaborate features of the building were included so the government could employ a diverse range of tradesmen and craftsmen on a worthwhile project. The site before this time was used for the Sydney Markets
, and the Queen Victoria Building was constructed to replace it with a shopping centre that also provided work for a range of other people in retail services.
The building plays a key role in the lives of Sydney-siders today, yet the building also has a long and interesting history that tells stories about Australia's relationship with England. Address: 455 George St, Sydney, NSW, 2000.