Dandenong landmarks join Open House Melbourne

July 21, 2017 by  

Greater Dandenong will be taking part in Open House Melbourne for the first time in 2017 with a tour of the Drum Theatre, Dandenong Civic Centre and Heritage Hill precinct.

Community programmes officer of the City of Greater Dandenong Bridget Flood said visitors to the Drum Theatre will get an opportunity to experience the venue’s fascinating ghostly charms first hand.

She said it is rumoured the spirit of Edward Potter, former caretaker at the venue when it was the Dandenong Town Hall, can be heard still checking that each door is locked as he walks the corridors in the dead of the night, and added:

“People hear children laughing and playing late at night.”

Flood said people can decide for themselves during a night tour of the landmark in Lonsdale Street on July 29.

Open House Melbourne is marking a decade of hosting public tours into some of Melbourne’s historic buildings, many of which have featured on postcards and promotional calendars, with 200 buildings open for viewing across the city.

The Drum Theatre will host lectures and tours on July 29 and 30 along with Dandenong Civic Centre and the area’s Heritage Hill precinct.

Flood said the programme will provide people with access to the area’s history that they may not have been aware of before.

The Drum Theatre, for example, started life in 1890 as the Town Hall in Dandenong, and its varied history has seen it used for armed forces enlistment, town dances and court hearings.