Paddington no longer has a Lord Mayor (but is part of the municipality of Woollahra) and so the town hall which has a commanding position that overlooks both the harbour and the CBD, is now both a library and a series of cinemas known as The Chauvel. There is also an ornaate great hall that is available for hire.
The foundation stone for the Town Hall was laid in 1888 by Sir Henry Parkes, with the 32 metre high clock tower being added in 1905.
In comparison to Victoria Barracks (commenced in 1840), the town hall is but a whippersnapper. This imposing colonade of Vic Barracks is off the main parade ground where the young man was playing cricket yesterday.