Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has publicly declared her commitment to continuing the partnership register, announcing that the ceremonies will be conducted in the Lady Mayoress’ Rooms of Town Hall.
Moore made the comments while speaking at the Sydney Star Observer Pride Awards on Saturday night in response to a story by the Star last week containing allegations the register had disappeared and fallen into a hole following the merger between City of Sydney and South Sydney councils.
The Lady Mayoress’ Rooms are normally used as a private space for the wife of the mayor and for entertaining official visitors to Sydney. A spokesperson for Moore said the mayor asked her husband, Peter Moore, and he said he was very pleased for the ceremonies to take place there.
It’s a gorgeous, beautiful room and the reason the mayor has chosen it is because she wants the partnership ceremonies to be fabulous and special, the spokesperson said, adding Moore would preside over the ceremonies when possible.
The rooms were created in 1890 in recognition of the increasing civic role of the wife of the mayor of the day. The City of Sydney website says the architecture of the rooms is dominated by large decorative art nouveau cedar architraves creating the French Parisienne salon-style reception rooms which were popular in England at the time.
Artwork on display in includes the large porcelain vase, Vase de Remini, which was given to the people of Sydney by the French government in 1879, and a painting entitled Sydney from Rose Bay 1874 by F. L. Fisher from the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, which was presented by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Sydney in 1963.
City of Sydney inherited the partnership register from South Sydney when the councils merged in February.