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Coops Shot Tower

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Central Business District
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Address: Lonsdale Street | Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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+61 3 9922 1112

Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical and architectural...

Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical significance as evidence of an early industrial process, and for their association with the Coop family, who had extensive interests in shot manufacture and smelting – they owned both of the two remaining towers in Melbourne, the other being in Clifton Hill. The tower provides tangible evidence of the original process of lead shot production, a process now largely forgotten. Its form reflects the shot production process: the shot was produced by dropping molten lead through sieves at the top of the tower into water at the bottom. The height of the Tower was necessary to allow the shot to form into spheres before reaching the bottom. At the height of its productive life, the Tower was producing six tons of shot per week. Also manufactured in the associated buildings were a diverse range of lead products, including nails, washers, sheeting, tubes, pipes and solder for leadlighters and plumbers.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical significance as a reminder of the character of the 19th century city, in which residential, commercial and industrial uses existed in close proximity. There are now few remaining traces of central Melbourne's industrial past, giving the shot tower added importance.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of architectural significance as a fine example of a rare and distinctive building type and as a Melbourne landmark for more than a century. The Tower was one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne for many years, second only to the shot tower in Clifton Hill, and remained a significant Melbourne landmark long after its closure. The building is carefully massed with its campanile-style central tower above the two storey factory with fine arched openings.

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Great example of preservation amongst modernisation

Fantastic sight that is a little ruined by bustling crowds of shoppers and commuters. Easy to get to via public transport. It's quite daunting just looking up the dome to see how... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This was originally a high red-brick tower for manufacturing shot. In the 1990's when this large area was redeveloped and Melbourne Central Shopping Centre was built the tall tower was completely covered by a glass dome. It is just near the escalators down to the underground Melbourne Central Train Station. You can get into the tower through the R. M.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Keeping history alive is what Melbourne seems to do best. To do this they spent amazing amount of money encasing an old gun pellet manufacturing plant within a glass cone and made it part of a very modern shopping mall. It is also a museum. I love the way Melbourne keeps surprising you with the way old and new intertwines... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This five story lead shot tower was built in 1888 and has been retained inside the Melbourne Central Shopping Center which is great that such a historical building has been retained albeit now surrounded by coffee and sandwich shops.

Thank Oldjack
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is a marvelous example of the preservation of local history in a modern development. It is located in the Melbourne Central shopping centre and access to the shot tower museum is available through the R M Williams store. There is not a lot to see but that is the reality with shot towers. A good description of the process... More 

Thank Chris F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic sight that is a little ruined by bustling crowds of shoppers and commuters. Easy to get to via public transport. It's quite daunting just looking up the dome to see how high the shot tower is. Head up escalators to get better views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Good place for shopping and there is the Australian R.M.Williams Shop. There is a very large Seiko Clock that opens out with moving figures and music at the strike of every hour. Children love this.

Thank Hoong L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The Shot Tower is worth the token photo opportunity if nothing else. We were not interested enough to visit the museum, rather, did our point and shoot and continued on through the shopping mall. There is a spacious "parents retreat" upstairs though if you have young children and are in need!

Thank KP_Esther
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

The ever famous shot tower, with it's history, many people are interested in going to have a look for themselves. Inside Melbourne Central, (where Melbourne Central Railway Station is), it is situated within a shop that is in the tower. (You have to enter the shop in order to enter the museum and that shop is kinda pricy for me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

This is an unused shot tower in the middle of the business district.A very pretty old building in the middle of the new buildings.A must for tourists you will not miss it on your city walk.

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Melbourne C, CSO at Coops Shot Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for you're feedback. Don't forget to visit the free Shot Tower Museum next time you're here. It's located inside the Shot Tower, access is through the R.M Williams store. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Right in the middle of Melbourne cbd. Actually inside Central, surrounded by many Cafes and Retail Shops. The atmosphere is electric. A great place to visit while strolling around Melbourne.

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