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$20m revamp to return Queen’s Hall to former majesty

The State Library’s old Queen’s Hall will soon be reopened as a public reading space for the first time since 2003. The hall originally opened on Queen Victoria’s birthday — May 24, 1859 — three years after the State Library was established.

The room will receive a complete makeover as part of an $83 million refurbishment of the library, which is being funded by the State Government ($55 million) and philanthropic contributions ($28 million).

The works are set to begin in 2017 and are expected to take four years.

Buffy Gorrilla reports. 

Featured are:

► Kate Darian-Smith, Professor of Cultural Heritage, University of Melbourne 

► Harlinah Teoh, Planning Manager, Library Redevelopment at State Library Victoria

► Anna Whitelaw, Media Relations & Public Affairs Co-ordinator, State Library Victoria

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