Museum of Brisbane

Brisbane City Hall: An Icon

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Brisbane City Hall: An Icon

2020 marks one hundred years since the construction of Brisbane City Hall commenced in July 1920. Taking ten years to build, it was officially opened on 8 April 1930. 

The area was a bountiful waterhole for fishing, and nearby Roma Street Parklands were known as a traditional Indigenous tournament ground.

Before 1920, the land was used for a variety of purposes, including horse stables, a roller-skating rink, circuses, animal sales yards, a council depot and Brisbane’s first roller coaster.

Today, Brisbane City Hall remains the largest city hall in Australia. It covers two acres and comprises 573 rooms and spaces including the Lord Mayor’s office, Council Chambers and Museum of Brisbane.

Over the last century, City Hall has become an icon of community and culture, recognised in its being dubbed ‘The People’s Place’. This famous architectural landmark is listed with the National Trust and included in the National Estate and the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.


Museum of Brisbane respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which City Hall now stands.


Banner: Panorama from Wickham Terrace 1962, photograph, Museum of Brisbane Collection. | Image: Brisbane City Hall almost complete c1930, photograph. Courtesy John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

City Hall in the 1930s