Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
Albert Park Hotel
83 Dundas Place, Albert Park
83 Dundas Place, Albert Park (alternatively 334 Montague Street) South-
Strangely as it has been the closest hotel to where I've lived for over thirty years, I cannot recall Control Data ever visiting the Albert Park, but John Baxter at the July, 2014 lunch remembered it being used fairly regularly in the mid to late seventies, presumably after I had left.
The Albert Park Hotel opened under the control of Thomas and Mary Walsh in August, 1883.
The couple were well-
Like the other large hotels built under new licensing regulations -
"Private Families or Single Gentlemen who may desire a residence near the city will find accommodation in every way satisfactory".
Under the experienced management of the Walsh family, the Albert Park Hotel maintained an almost clean slate insofar as convictions were concerned, the one exception being a charge against Margaret Walsh of selling inferior liquor in March, 1897. An excise officer entered the hotel and despite Miss Walsh's co-
Although never under threat during the Licenses Reduction Board hearings of 1926, the hotel was modernised during the 1930s and patronage must have received a huge boost around that time when the Hoyts Theatre chain acquired several properties immediately opposite and constructed the Park Theatre at a cost of £50,000 and seating over 1,500 patrons, believed to have been the largest cinema outside of the central Melbourne area.
The hotel was again modernised in the late 1990s with the earlier iconic display of the name and grille effect of the exterior removed.
Like most in the area, it now relies as much on restaurant takings as much as bar trade -
After the advent of television, the Park Theatre was demolished for a service station and since the early 1980s has been the site of the Albert Park branch of Port Phillip Libraries.
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