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Coops Shot Tower

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Address: Lonsdale Street | Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9922 1112
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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 but you can't climb up

The view looking up the tower from the base is the best part. You have to walk through a small shop to get to the very small museum that explains how the lead shot was made by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Poole, United Kingdom

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The view looking up the tower from the base is the best part. You have to walk through a small shop to get to the very small museum that explains how the lead shot was made by dropping from the top. I would love to have climbed to the top but maybe health and safety laws prevail. It is great... More 

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Maroochydore, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We marked the Coops Shot Tower on to see list when we were recently in Melbourne. It was located in Melbourne Central Station and it was impressive to view. Unfortunately you cannot go up inside the tower, just into the lower level through a menswear store. Definately work a look if you are wandering around Melbourne.

Thank Alansandie
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

When the Melbourne Central complex was built, the developers were told to retain the shot tower. The shot tower was used many years ago to make shot for use in shogun cartridges when shooting was more popular than it is is today. The base of the tower has several retail outlets, including RM Williams. The shot tower is worth a... More 

1 Thank Jeffry B
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I remember this when it was Coops Shot Tower standing alone in Shot Tower has always fascinated me and it still does. Now due to the multiple levels of the shopping centre you can get a close look at the brickwork of the structure. Take note of the small bricks used throughout the structure. These are called facer bricks and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

impressive about shot shower, I suppose that photographer must love shoot here. However, rest of place are fitting for shopping.

Thank Lisa Q
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is an interesting way to preserve a historical building. Construct a major shopping mall around it and make it the centrepoint of the mall - Brilliant. The actual shot tower itself is full of history and demonstrates the older style manufacturing methods of early ammunition. Worth the visit when in Lonsdale Street.

Thank Tony W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Saw the tower while looking through the shopping centre. The tower and glass dome are pretty spectacular, and are worth a look.

1 Thank ladybugsSydney
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Very strange feeling on seeing this very interesting historic building in the middle of a very modern shopping centre.

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

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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