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Address: Lonsdale Street | Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9922 1112
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Description: Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical and...
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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History within shopping mall

The tower inside the mall is so beautiful and very tall. The museum within it a must to visit to know better about the tower.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The tower inside the mall is so beautiful and very tall. The museum within it a must to visit to know better about the tower.

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Wanganui
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Great to see they kept this piece of history as this huge shopping complex was built around it. Looks quite impressive being inside another building

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The subjects are well chosen (Melbourne history in general, with examples from the local area), and well worded. The whole museum consists of only two small rooms though.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

It's ok to check out if you're in the neighbourhood. Definitely a lot more interesting places to go in Melbourne though. Has a bit of info about the background of the tower/daimaru etc

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Imagine going into a shopping complex, at street level, and looking at Shops Tower underneath the same roof as the shopping complex. Its a great place, and so not normal. I have sat outside the Shots Tower drinking coffee and thinking, " How/why etc etc", but if your in Melbourne go and take a look.....................the shopping will take second place... More 

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Haslemere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I have visited here 5 times and every time taken a dozen or more photos. The tower, roof and good light makes it hard to take a bad picture - it just help to have a wide angle. The small museum on the first floor, hidden away inside a shop next to the up escalator is worth visiting too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

There is a small museum attached to the tower but the best thing about it is the great photos you can get! So many awesome angles. It is a really cool structure.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I'm quite often in Melbourne Central shopping centre and these days I take the Shot Tower for granted. Yet it really is an unusual attraction: a preserved shot tower standing in the middle of a modern shopping structure and protected by a glass dome. In the early days of the shopping centre I used to pause if I was there... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Surprised at some of the comments. It's ultimately a shopping centre and underground rail station. Its a nice job, but its best viewed in the context of what it is, rather than tourist sight - unless your a lover of architecture

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My friend had me there for the chiming of the clock on the hour. That was wonderfully old fashioned and sweet. The tower itself is sensational and I enjoyed sitting under it and gazing up. The shopping centre itself was not on my itinerary, so can't give a comment about it. Handy being at the Railway station, you can't help... More 

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