Restoring Trades Hall

Victorian Trades Hall Council has had many additions and changes since its beginnings in the 1859, however, it remains the oldest continuously working Trades Hall building in the world. The building is classified by the National Trust and is included on the register of Historic Buildings (Victoria). 

A completely restored Trades Hall will be a working asset for unions and the broader community. 

Much has been done in recent years to renovate and restore the building, and from the outside Trades Hall looks to be in a good state of repair. However, looks can be deceiving: the Southern Hall, the old Council Chamber, ballrooms and first floor verandah are just a small sample of the many badly needed restoration works.

You can donate through Trades Hall's online portal, and your donation will be marked with the Restoration Appeal and forwarded to the Trades Hall and Literary Institute. 

Alternatively, you can make an EFT payment directly to the THLI:

Account Name: Trades Hall and Literary Institute (Building appeal) | BSB: 063-008 | Account: 00090489


Mark Phillips - "Bringing to life the story of the people's palaceWorking Life.

Shane Green - "People's Palace: Trades Hall looks for help to repair a Melbourne iconThe Age.



We Are Union

We respectfully acknowledge that Trades Hall stands on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, traditional owners and continuing custodians of this land.