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Coops Shot Tower

Lonsdale Street | Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 9922 1112
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Ranked #131 of 218 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was amazed by seeing this very well preserved tower inside a shopping mall. It is a must do in your list if you are in Melbourne. It has a museum inside which you can visit for free. It is a small museum showing the history of the tower. There is also a big clock in front of the tower.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

It is nice to see that Melbourne retains historic structures such as this shot tower. It was built in 1890 as part of Walter Coop's Factory, which manufactured shot gun pellets. It is over 50m high and is now surrounded my Melbourne Central shopping mall. It houses R.M.Williams bush clothing store which has a small museum attached. The tower sometimes... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This heritage icon is over 100 years old . Instead of it being pulled down Melbourne Central shopping centre was built around it. It used to shoot lead but now house RM Williams shop and a museum. It is on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Coop's Shot Tower has been around a very, very long time and is ensconced in the middle of a shopping centre. I have mixed feelings about this - in one way it means people can get really up close and personal with it. On the other hand, it feels imprisoned in a retail environment. Certainly if you want to come... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

When you visit Melbourne Central for the first time, you'll be amazed by this beautiful and cool Tower in the center of the mall. It has a nice architecture and dates back to 1888.This tower give the uniqueness to Melbourne Central and really worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I had the pleasure of creating a new show based on the story ' Jack and the Beanstalk' the Beanstalk went up the entire shot Tower and a multi layer stage for the performance venue with great singers and dancers. This is the capability of this venue with a little imagination.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Nicely preserved and presented. History and science in one. An old building surrounded by a highly modern enclosure. This is architecture and art. Consider this: weightless manufacturing was being performed long before we could fly in space. The Shot Tower is in the middle of the Melbourne Central shopping mall. Visit one to see the other, or vice versa!

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

We got off the metro and up the escalator to be faced with this wonderful building preserved under a glass dome. I have only seen one other and that is by Kew bridge in London, so great to see this building. Molten lead was poured from the top inside the tower and the speed at which it fell it formed... More

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