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Lady Hopetoun

                               Wife to the First Governor General of Australia, Lord
                                  Hopetoun (1889), Lady Hopetoun established the
                                 Victorian   Ladies’ Work Association (1893-1907) to
                              unify working class women through needle and thread.

                                    It was an organisation that enabled women to
                                       work productively and contribute to their

                                 Following the disbandment of the Victorian Ladies’
                                 Work Association in 1907, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms
                                  emerged amongst the tranquil beauty and refined
                                                elegance of the Block Arcade.

                                 The crowning feature of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is
                               undoubtedly the decorative mirror adorning the walls.
                                  Manufactured in 1891, it remains the largest etched
                                       mirror in the Southern Hemisphere, adding
                                          grandeur and depth to the Tea Rooms.
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