This photo has sat in the library archives for decades. We have always thought the building to be the Hawthorn Town Hall, however on closer examination we believe this not to be the case.
See a larger version of the photo here.
The library archives contains thousands of Swinburne-related images and most have captions explaining what the historic images are. But occasionally there are photos that don't include a caption.
This is one of them.
This building may not exist now however we'd be surprised if records of such an extravagantly styled building do not exist.
Can anyone help? if so, please leave a comment or email us.
See the follow-up post: Historic building identified!