Guest Book

The Manchester Unity Building is home to a handful of residents and just over 100 small businesses. As well as countless patrons, it attracts thousands of visitors every year, including participants in the Melbourne Opera House tours.

Do you have family members who worked on or in the building in its early days?
Have you toured the building? If so, would you like to share your experience?

You are invited to publish here stories or comments of interest. Also welcome are any documents, pictures of memorabilia, or relevant historical information.

    • My Grandfather was Grand Secretary Walter Best. I will be booking a tour as we have heard a lot about his time with IOOF.

      Janice Young09-05-2017 4:46 PM

    • Does any one remember the Booth in the foyer on the right hand side of the lifts.? It belonged to Decane's Hairdresser on the 3rd Floor. I sat in it and took appointments .

      Ruth Campbell15-04-2015 1:55 AM

    • Hi I worked for Decane's Hairdressers on the 3rd floor,in 1965, there used to be a small booth in the foyer to the right side of the lifts, I was one of girls that sat in this booth and took appointments for ladies wishing to have their hair done. The Booth had a wind up photo and you could ring the receptionist on the 3rd floor to tell them about the appointment. I have yet to find anyone that I know that remembers seeing this booth.

      Ruth Campbell15-04-2015 1:52 AM

    • I visited the building in April 2014 and due to lack of time did not see all that I wished to. What a magnificent and beautiful building. I have several images which I took of the ground floor foyer which will continue to serve as a fond reminder of my visit. Wonderful place! I hope to visit again later this year if at all possible.

      David Catherall25-03-2015 11:44 AM

    • Hi, I'm after information/old photos on the original shops that occupied the arcade and lower levels in the 1930's. I'm particularly interested in a millinery store called A Bandbox Creations that was in the arcade sometime during the 1930's. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

      Lisa19-11-2014 10:48 AM

    • hi, Iv been searching for information on the original stores that occupied the arcade and lower levels in the 1930. Would there be such a listing or information? I'm particularly interested in information/old photos on a millinery shop that was in the arcade called A Bandbox Creations. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

      Lisa19-11-2014 10:43 AM

    • I worked for Manchester Unity years ago and have fond memories working in this beautiful building and working with wonderful friends......

      Irene23-12-2013 2:56 PM

    • Hi and firstly congratulations on the maintenance and historical preservation of such a beautiful Melbourne icon. It is wonderful to see people take such pride in the history of these buildings! Secondly my great grandfather completed the illustrations in the foyer of the building, apparently Marcus Barlow was a supporter of his work. Do you have any records or documentation around these friezes? I would be so excited if there were! Thanks so much.

      Catherine18-09-2013 1:56 AM

    • I have just had the pleasure of viewing the video tour of this magnificent building. What a treat! Dr Kia, your commitment and dedication to it's restoration is truly inspirational. Bravo. Melbourne is incredibly fortunate to have you.

      Romany Lambert07-09-2013 10:44 PM

    • I was in Melbourne for a few days this week and waiting for a tram I looked up and just became mesmerised by this building. In all my years of travel I cannot remember a building that has evoked such a response. When the next tram came along I elected to miss it much to the chagrin of my girlfriend. To Dr Kia and I am sure a cast of thousands, a simple thank you for preserving such an inspirational piece of Australia's history. No, it's too precious to be labelled a building, it is a piece of sculptural living breathing art. It is now on my bucketlist to return and maybe one day find a way to tour the building.

      Peter Lloyd Culley06-09-2013 12:20 AM

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