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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.

    • During the 1930's my father owned a clothing manufacturing business on the fourth floor of Manchester Unity. I have found newspaper advertisements from the Argus and Age including his other business locations at 118 and 232 Flinders' Lane, also at Invicta House, Burrell House, Majorca House, as well as 33 Sydney Road Brunswick. All operated from the 1920s up until the late 1940's when he sold off all manufacturing machinery and equipment to move to Horsham, where he remained in an unsuccessful attempt to attract staff, returning to Melbourne in 1950 and a one-man Tailoring business at Camberwell Junction. During the late '20s and '30s my father was a rather wealthy man, a palatial home in East Hawthorn with a ballroom, a Packard limousine and a croquet lawn to entertain his business associates, and masonic, golf and musical groups that he was a member of. I once had a photograph taken on the roof of Manchester Unity sometime in the 1930s of my father and all of the 100+ machinists and ancillary staff of C.L. Jones P/L, with my dad seated in the middle front. ..Sadly, this photo has disappeared about 20 years ago. Any further information would be greatly appreciated ..

      Jannine Jones29-01-2019 1:44 PM

    • Thank you to Chloe, our tour guide on Sunday November much knowledge and passion for the mysteries and hidden treasures in the Manchester Unity building. I only had scant knowledge of this wonderful Art Deco delight, and my daughter even less, but we went away awe inspired. It is not really a tour for the 10 year old and under. It is a testament to the grand vision of 1932. Specking of which, the breakfast at 1932 was an absolute delight. I was a lucky recipient of a gift voucher for the day and could not have enjoyed it more!

      Robyn McAlister12-11-2018 5:19 PM

    • Love the Manchester Unity Building and absolutely adored the tour. What a rich history, what a spectacular restoration and continuing story. Congratulations to our two guides, excellent storytelling skills and presentation. Many thanks to 1932 Cafe & Restaurant for a delicious breakfast. Such a beautiful building in our city - have already recommended the tour to family and friends. Just loved it!

      Louise Holley15-10-2018 5:51 PM

    • From the first moment you step into this building you are transported back in time. The staff at 1932 cafe were so lovely and accommodating. The history is everywhere you look and the stories told on the tour are fascinating. The restoration is breathtaking and so fitting of the beautiful building this is. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Melbourne, or even if you live here. Being a tourist in your own city is a great way to discover and explore gems like this.

      Jenni Richardson12-08-2018 8:10 PM

    • I love being a tourist in my own home town and this tour was everything I'd hoped it would be. I used to visit friends who worked in the building back in the 80's and to take my own children on the tour to see the Art Deco splendour was such a delight. Also the service at 1932 Café was exceptional. My son requested a gluten and dairy free dessert without prior notice and they accommodated him with his dessert willingly and helpfully. The wine was delicious and the baked chicken done to perfection. Thank you to all for allowing us this opportunity.

      Julia Smith18-06-2018 4:54 PM

    • Wonderful experience post mothers day present for my wife afternoon tea and tour 10/10 Thankyou

      Peter Harrison17-06-2018 9:00 PM

    • We celebrated our belated 32nd wedding anniversary with breakfast at Cafe 1932 & the tour of the lovely Manchester Unity Building. The whole experience was lovely & would definitely recommend this!

      Jo Mason08-04-2018 6:07 PM

    • I found the building tour and restaurant meal to be excellent. The tour guide Chloe Martin was informative and personable, it was a delight to be shown the different floors with all of their art deco splendour. The boardroom and associated offices were a thing of beauty. Also a thank you to Dr Kia for his foresight and persistence in bringing back the internal beauty of the building. One can live in a city for a lifetime and go by the same buildings everyday and not see the hidden treasures that it contains.

      Giuseppe Gurrieri13-03-2018 11:25 AM

    • We celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary with a wine and cheese experience at Cafe 1932 followed by a building tour. We started with three cheeses and matching wines followed by a delicious cake and coffee. The best was yet to come with an exceptionally interesting and informative tour of the history of the building. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Thanks everyone

      Helen Stander12-03-2018 5:32 PM

    • Hello, thank you for an epic day. We celebrated my girlfriend's birthday in style. The restaurant experience was delightful. The tour guide was full of information. The building is just so charming and the restoration work amazing. We loved the chandeliers, table lamps, art deco objects. All in all, a most enjoyable day.

      liliana iuri11-03-2018 9:36 PM

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