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The Sydney Town Hall is a late 19th-century heritage-listed building in the city of Sydney housing the chambers of the Lord Mayor of Sydney, council offices, and venues for meetings and functions. It is located at 483 George Street, in the Sydney central business district opposite the Queen Victoria Building and alongside St Andrew's Cathedral. Sited above the Town Hall station and between the city shopping and entertainment precincts, the steps of the Town Hall are a popular meeting place. It was designed by John H. Wilson, Edward Bell, Albert Bond, Thomas Sapsford, John Hennessy and George McRae and built from 1869 to 1889 by Kelly and McLeod, Smith and Bennett, McLeod and Noble, J. Stewart and Co. It is also part of the heritage-listed Town Hall precinct which includes the Queen Victoria Building, St Andrew's Cathedral, the Gresham Hotel and the former Bank of New South Wales. In later years, it has been discovered that Town Hall lies on top of part of a cemetery complex, the former Old Sydney Burial Ground. The cemetery was Sydney's first permanent cemetery and it is estimated that at least 2,000 burials were made in the Old Sydney Burial Ground between 1782 and 1820. The cemetery was set out in September 1782 by Governor Phillip and the Reverend Richard Johnson on land that had belonged to Marine Captain Shea (buried there in 1789) and the first interments presumably took place from this time. More land was added on the northern and western sides of the cemetery in 1812. The cemetery was closed in 1820 / On our walk back from Woolloomooloo after sampling myriad beers and ales at The Old Fitzroy with one last stop at Gelato Messina, the acclaimed, buzzy hangout for gelato, we weaved our way through the central business district back to our hotel to get ready for dinner at the “O” Bar, a modern Australian restaurant in a chic space with lofty views - a circular space on the 47th floor of Australia Square, 264, on George St., that turns constantly to reveal an ever-unfolding, 360-degree panorama of Sydney.