This iconic sandstone building was erected in the 1880s and prior to the construction of the Opera House, the Town Hall was the main Sydney venue for large events and concerts.
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There are still today many events held at the Town Hall, and it is a popular meeting place for locals. The main concert hall features an 8000 pipe grand organ, original timber lining and ornate stained-glass windows. The organ was the largest of its kind when first installed. Most visitors come to admire its grand Victorian Architecture and its collection of art.
The Town Hall was built on the site of a cemetery known as Old Burial Ground, although this information was forgotten until only recently. There were 2000 bodies laid to rest, but the graves were shallow and residents would complain about the stench. The bodies were exhumed and relocated before Town Hall was built; however every time digging occurs in the area a skeleton or two is likely to show up.
The Town Hall is located opposite the Queen Victoria building on George Street, next to St Andrew's Cathedral. Address: 483 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.