Saturday, 17 December 2016

The Royal Hall of Industries

The Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park holds many fond memories for me.
During my childhood, when the Royal Easter Show was held in this area, the Royal Hall of Industries was the showbag pavilion.


Officially opened in February 1913, the RHoI only took nine months to build.
With vaulted ceilings and cathedral windows, this Greco-Roman style building is majestic and imposing.


Used as an exhibition space from the beginning, the Hall was later commandeered by the government during the 1919 Influenza as a morgue.

Throughout the roaring twenties, it was affectionately known as the Palais Royale by the young party goers and used for balls, dances and roller skating.


During the Depression, the Hall was turned into a boxing ring.
The army then took over the space during WWII.


Now the Hall is used for special events like the Big Designer Market (which is why we visited recently), the Mardi Gras Party and for the filming of Masterchef Live. 


This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.

3 comments:

  1. It looks like a beautiful place. It's hard to believe it only took nine months to build.

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  2. Impressive building, and one that has served many purposes. Thanks for sharing! Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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  3. Beautiful, imposing structure. I like to hear about buildings that have been in constant use for many years and served a variety of functions. The Royal Hall of Industries is a treasure!
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