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.

    • Replying to: Jannine Jones29-01-2019 1:44 PM My nana, Patt Singleton, had her own Milliner’s business on the 4th floor of Manchester Unity Building from around 1932-1939. She returned home to Perth at the start of WW2. We visited this beautiful building this week. If you have some information, please get in touch.

      Luke Wimbridge07-06-2024 1:53 PM

    • My mother in 1940’s worked for Furriers surname Schilling. She was a finisher & also made handmade leather ladies gloves. I would like to find out any details of this period of time.

      Marleene Hebden27-08-2023 7:23 PM

    • I recommend the tour very very good, but dont go there to eat, its cold and no heating, the website says 3 cheeses, 3 wines, tea and coffee and cake for $60 but you only get 2 cheeses and no coffee & cake

      Mary09-05-2023 3:54 PM

    • Dear Dr Pajouhesh, We had the most wonderful breakfast & tour today in the beautiful Manchester Unity Building and I want to thank you, as a fellow Melbournian, for your vision, commitment and dedication in restoring and preserving this incredibly special building for future generations to enjoy. Your contribution and kindness to the people of Melbourne in this way is a huge blessing and gift. Thank you!

      Fiona09-06-2022 4:13 PM

    • From a grateful Melburnian a huge Thankyou to Dr Kia Pajouhesh for his passion and restoration of this wonderful icon of our city. Lunch and a tour what a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Highly recommend a visit

      Yvonne Maher22-11-2021 8:27 PM

    • As a teenager I worked in the Manchester Unity building for in a mail sorting room. I was selected as one of the girls to go downstairs to sell Manchester Unity health insurance in our bright green uniforms. I remember the old lifts and our dear tea lady that would come around with her trolley. Many find memories. It would be lovely to take a tour.

      Sharon Swanson27-03-2021 12:09 PM

    • I was fortunate enough to take a course in dressmaking and design at the McCabe Academy in the early eighties, an also teach night classes, which gave me an opportunity to explore the building and its nooks and crannies before it became too gentrified. Such fun for a young girl.

      Josephine Healy18-10-2020 8:30 PM

    • This building just took my breath away. I went to visit the boutique diamond engagement ring jeweller Simon West fine jewellery and being in this magical building, it made my special and exciting period of my life even more memorable. The architraves throughout the building and ceilings are to do for.

      Rey20-08-2019 12:22 PM

    • We very much enjoyed a delicious breakfast at 1932 Cafe and tour of the MU building. The food was hot, fresh and delicious. I was impressed with the staff who had taken particular notice of dietary needs, were friendly and very efficient. The tour guide was most informative and a pleasure to listen to with an obvious passion for the building, the staff and businesses within. We would certainly recommend.

      Linda and David10-08-2019 4:39 PM

    • Had a wonderful breakfast and your last Sunday morning (04/08/19) . The food and drinks were fine. The waiting staff were so friendly and accommodating . Great tour. The detail noted and taken in the restoration work to bring some of this Art Deco delight back for us to appreciate is impressive and appreciated. Would certainly recommend the cafe and tour.

      Jenni & Bill09-08-2019 5:41 PM

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