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Published October 2nd 2009
From concerts to citizenship ceremonies, Brisbane City Hall provides a range of services to the people of Brisbane. If youíve ever wanted to know more about this iconic building, youíll be pleased to learn that the Brisbane City Council is hosting free guided tours for the remainder of 2009.

Tours take one hour, and provide historic and architectural insight into this amazing building.

The hall was erected during the 1920ís and officially opened in 1930. Although officially the Lord Mayorís residence, City Hall ended up serving several different purposes.

During the Second World War, army servicemen took to grafitti-ing the menís toilet with messages of love for their family and friends. Recent restorative work uncovered this untouched link to the past, which definitely provides the highlight of the tour.

The clock tower is 92 metres tall and was based on the design of St Markís Campanile in Venice, Italy. The four clock faces on each side are the biggest in Australia and have Westminster Chimes, which means they chime every quarter hour.

City Hall will close at the end of the year to undergo restoration, so youíve only got a few months to make the most of this fantastic service. To learn more, make a booking by calling the Brisbane City Council on 3403 8888.
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Why? To get behind the scenes before it closes down
When: Saturday, between 10am and 4pm, until the end of the year
Where: King George Square, Brisbane
Cost: Free
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