Queen’s Hall was built in 1879. It is the largest room in Parliament House and is used for functions and as a public exhibition space.
There is a marble statue of Queen Victoria in the centre of Queen’s Hall that was sculpted by Marshall Wood in 1874. If you look carefully, you can see that the sculptor’s name is spelt incorrectly on the base of the statue.
There are 18 portraits of former Premiers of Victoria in this room. Sir Henry Bolte is the longest serving Premier and was in office for 17 years.
There are columns placed around the room, with faces looking down from above. These faces act as a reminder to the people in the building that the people of Victoria are watching.
The display in this room explores the journey of democracy, from its origins in Ancient Greece, to its emergence here in Australia and the spread of democracy around the world.