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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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