From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
Bridge Street, Ballarat.
- THE OLD COLONISTS' HALL.
- At considerable expense the Old Colonists’ Association has had the interior of its well appointed and imposing looking hall painted and decorated in a remarkably chaste and artistic manner. The hall has always been regarded as one of the most convenient in the city, now its owners may safely call it the -'prettiest. The entrance hall has been beautified attractively. The ceiling is stencilled with the choicest designs and delicately lined with suitable colors. The walls are of a salmon green shade relieved with baskets of flowers suspended from the deep and elaborate frieze work. The pannelled dadoes are neatly stencilled and lined, and crowned by a rail of pretty design. The sides of the double staircase approaching the vestibule have been rendered particularly attractive by the introduction of minton tiles—quite a feature in modern decorations—which greatly enhances the general effect. The ceiling of the lantern light over the vestibule is neatly pannelled and lined. Representations of flowers fill the corners, and the centre is occupied by paintings of the busts of notable persons. The cove is of graded shades of buff and grey, while the trusses and cornices are picked out in a dozen harmonious tints, and the enrichments are heavily gilded. The walls are a greenish buff suitably lined and nicely supported by a snuff ored dado with rail to match. Between the memorial, donors', and officials’ slabs exceedingly effective landscapes have been introduced. The reading room is noticeable or its exceptional artistic beauty. Its disempered ceiling is handsomely set off with landscapes and representations of flowers and fruits of the most exquisite description. Its bold green walls, relieved with deep buff frieze work, give effect to the finely stencilled terracotta dado. Of the billiard room too much could hardly be said. The ceilings of soft buff broken with green and enhanced by pink styling and elegant floral adornments in itself a real work of art, and well worthy of the admiration bestowed upon it. The walls are of pale French grey, with light buff friezing boldly stencilled. Perhaps the most magnificent of all is the large general meeting room, the chief feature of which is the imitation drapery work in the elaborately panelled ceiling. This piece of work is undoubtedly the finest of its kind ever executed in Ballarat, It is as realistic as it is attractive, yet it is wondrously neat and refined. The colors blend to a degree. Nothing is overdone, and there is nought wanting. The floral and relied ornamentations throughout this room are quite in keeping with the drapery work and richly gilded centres. The bar, offices, ante rooms, and passages have been attended to. All the ceilings are distempered, the walls flaited, and the dadoes done in oils. Though this is by far the most difficult system, the effect is infinitely superior to work done in the ordinary way. The whole of the decorative work has been done by Mr G. Coulter for the contractor, Mr T. Kift.
- Messrs Cooking and Skewes, the well-known drapers, of Bridge street, have secured a large : stock of salvage goods from the establishments ; of Messrs Beath, Shiess and Co., and Messrs : Richard Allen and Cos., Flinders lane, Melbourne, whose warehouses were recently severely damaged by fire. The goods comprise - Dress stuffs, millinary, and clothing of all descriptions; and in order to effect a speedy clearance the firm announce their intention of disposing of all lines at remarkably low prices. As an attraction to the public, Messrs Cocking and Skewes have had their large plate glass windows specially decorated; by Mr G. Coulter, of Bridge street, with a number of striking views, depicting scenes of the fire. The pictures have been artistically executed, and are well worth inspecting. To night the firm will make a gaslight display.
--Clare K.Gervasoni 22:17, 21 August 2016 (AEST)