Queen Victoria Building
time line ...
- 1810 Governor Macquarie orders the construction of a market place.
- 1820 Greenway's Market House is build. The new market sells agricultural products and groceries.
- 1828 Greenway's Market House is converted to Central Police Court.
- 1887 George Mc Rae is appointed as city architect and he presents the design of a new market, in a Romanesque style.
- 1898 July 21, Queen Victoria Building is opened by Mayor Alderman Mathew Harris.
- 1934-1938 The Queen Victoria Building is remodeled in the Art Deco style featured in the area occupied by the Sydney County Council.
- 1983 Sydney Council grants a 99-year lease to Ipoh Ltd in exchange for the restoration of the Queen Victoria Building.
- 1986 November, Queen Victoria Building reopens its doors to the public.
- 1987 A number of Turrets are restored to original position around the minor domes.
- 2000 After 66 years, Queen Victoria Building basement re opens.
In Queen Victoria Building there are roughly 100 shops that are falling in one of the following categories:
- Arts & Antiques
- Children's Wear
- Gifts & Souvenirs
- Health & Beauty
- Ladies Fashion
- Lifestyle & Homewares
- Men's Fashion
- Mixed Fashion
- Restaurants & Food
I do not want to recommend you visiting the Queen Victoria Building for shopping, but I think is good to visit all the levels of the building and admire the construction and some displayes like Queen Victoria, a nicely crafted Chinese bridal cart, a huge clock suspended from the ceiling, paintings, etc.
tourist information ...
How to get there
The easiest way is to catch a train
to Town Hall
station which has one end situated just under QVB
. There are also lots of buses
stopping around QVB
. Alternatively you can use the monorail
Ph: 9264 9209
Web site: QVB - home page
Hours of Operation
- 6pm Tuesday 9AM
Sunday and public holidays
Certain stores including cafes and restaurants remain open for longer hours.
Please check QVB - home page
for up to date information.