The glaciarium at Princes Bridge
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About the glaciarium at Princes Bridge
From 1906 until 1923 a glaciarium, or ice-skating rink, operated beside Princes Bridge in Melbourne. Built by an entrepreneurial refrigeration magnate, the Princes Bridge glaciarium was the largest in the British Empire and only the second ice-skating rink to open in Australia. With its 55-by-25-metre floor of solid ice, the rink's size was suitable for ice hockey and indeed, Australia's very first ice hockey game was held here in July 1906.
Historic newspapers report on the glaciarium's opening gala, its carnivals and skating championships, its magical nighttime charm and its public displays of fashion and folly during more than a decade's worth of keenly anticipated skating seasons.
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