6th installment of Sydney, August 11, 2015
The Queen Victoria Building is an imposing edifice in Sydney. At one time it was a produce market which is why the floors are slanted to allow for washing. It was empty for a long time and the council had no funds to do anything with it. A Malaysian company invested in it and restored it for use as a shopping Mall. It is filled with lots of high end shops and has lovely places to eat. I thoroughly enjoyed window shopping. We stopped and ate a fancy baked potato and coffee while sitting at the balcony overlooking the shoppers on the other floors. One of the main features is its magnificent clock. Outside is a stature of Queen Victoria and a rather kitsch fountain that has a talking dog asking for money for charity.
The QVB site gives information about the building and the stores http://www.qvb.com.au/about-qvb/history-of-qvb
Wikipedia has more information. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Victoria_Building
This page has some information about the arms on the stained glass window. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/research/heraldry/qvb.htm