The icy cold seeps through the cobbled floor and hovers like a miasmic cloud throughout the cramped and tiny room. The rusted trolleys stand empty like silent sentinels. They wait for their lost and lonely burdens. All is silent and empty. But, stand quietly in the dark and close your eyes. They will visit you. The lost, the loved, the shunned, the beautiful and the damned. They have all passed through here. Not empty or silent anymore, you can hear the whispered conversations, the pleas, the cries, the regrets of lives wasted and memories forgotten. A tapping, you fancy a late visitor entreating entrance at the door. Here you open wide the door, the darkness is there, nothing more. This is it then, you hear the final call “Nevermore.”
Image is – The Old Morgue Ann Street Williamstown Victoria – The former Williamstown Morgue, designed by James Balmain and originally constructed by HR Thomas and HR Hunt in 1859 and reconstructed on its present site c.1874, at Ann Street, Williamstown. Historically, it was Williamstown’s only morgue and second oldest public building and is believed to be the earliest surviving morgue in the metropolitan area. (AHC criteria A4 and B2) Aesthetically, it is a simple, early and near original public building, one of the few in the metropolitan area, which uses a relatively uncommon construction material (stone) and illustrates its use and the special requirements of the town by elements of the design and siting near the original shoreline. (AHC criteria E1 and F1) Note: The Williamstown Morgue is also of State significance and is included on the Victorian Heritage Register as VHR H1512.