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Myer Mural Hall Open House Melbourne 2014

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by Carole Kelly (subscribe)
An avid reader,writer,traveller, sports enthusiast living in beachside Melbourne & working in the city. Always curious about what's around the corner.
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Women's beauty, skills and achievements on display
Art Deco Mural Hall

Women of Great Beauty

What a beautiful and fascinating exhibit the Myer Mural Hall turned out to be. Not being originally from Melbourne, I was surprised by majesty of these highly decorated walls that were commissioned in 1934 as a tribute to women and their achievements throughout history.

Set up for dining

Revelation of Fashion

The hall itself has a distinctive Parisian influence and sports exquisite parquetry floors and 18th century styled mirrors. The image of a grand European ballroom is created by its high ceiling, original leadlight windows and a grand sweeping staircase.

Sweeping Staircase

Up to the Dressing Rooms

Located on the sixth level of the of the Bourke Street Myer Emporium, the Mural Hall is 150ft long and 60 ft wide with a height of 24ft and has a dining capacity of 1,000. Originally commissioned by Sidney Myer to host fashion parades, its sweeping staircase leads up to the two dressing rooms overlooking the magnificently decorated walls and three glittering chandeliers.

Art Deco Furnishings

Elegant Silver Platter

Overshadowing the magnificence of the hall itself are the murals themselves created by Napier Wallis from country Victoria. Having lost an arm in the war, Napier had to learn to sketch left-handed. He completed the murals in 1935.

History of Women in Sport

The eight original murals depict the history, events and influence of art including drama and dancing, the personalities of opera, sport, literature, beauty and fashion. Displayed for 71 years, the Myer Mural Hall has been recognised as having one of the most famous art deco interiors in Australia.

Opera Personalities

Women of History

Women in History depicted in the murals include:

Boadicea, Queen of England who led a revolt against the Romans

Aerthelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great who fortified Chester and led an army into battle

Eleanor of Aquitane, wife of King Louis VI of France who accompanied her husband on the Crusades to the Holy Land.

Agnes Sorel, wooed by King Charles VII of France

Jane de Belville whose husband Oliver III was beheaded by Phillip of France. Jane raised an army and went into battle against the King.

There are many more with equally fascinating histories

Great Women of Literature

Actresses and Drama

The mural titled "Dancing through the Centuries" lists many of the English Old Time dances and "Actresses and Drama" takes you from medieval times to present day. There are murals of the "Beautiful Women of History" and "Personalities of Opera". Each panel tells a story which will keep you intrigued for some time.

Dancing through the Ages

Battles on the High Seas

Although not directly connected with the famous murals, on exiting, you'll be directed past the black and white early photo of the old perfumery/chemist section and onto photos and information on the incredibly clever, now antiquated cash register system.

Lamson Cash Register System

Pneumatic Tubing System

The Lamson pneumatic system, named for its inventor, was used to carry cash around the store prior to the age of credit cards. Cash and a sales note were deposited into a decorative tube and transported to the store's cashier. Customer's change and receipt were returned via the same method. The tubes were made in Australia by Lamson, whose company still produces modern versions of this system.


Myer Mural Hall
Level 6
314-336 Bourke St

Sat 26th & Sun 27th July

Ph: 9661 1546
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Why? Great history, beautifully decorated and totally FREE
When: Sat 26th & Sun 27th July
Phone: 9661 1546
Where: Top Floor of Myer Building
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
This is a must to visit and I have it on my list of things to do. I think the open house events are marvellous and await the next year events with hope that more people take the opportunity to visit the interesting places open.
by johns (score: 1|52) 1597 days ago
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