Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

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Armadale Hotel

 1068 High Street, Armadale

Location

South-western corner of High and William Streets, Armadale

Memories

There where a few lunches there, although it wasn't widely popular because of car parking difficulties with its location in the mile of the rather exclusive High Street shopping strip and its antique outlets.

My own personal recollection is one of some sadness.

For some reason, I nominated the Armadale for my departure lunch, but in the interim, Control Data called a communal lunch-time meeting to be addressed by a Corporation executive, attendance compulsory and only a handful came to lunch; mostly engineers from interstate who I didn't know, but who had finished a training course a day ahead of schedule).

History

The hotel was first licensed in 1873 and was originally known as the Half-Way House.  Curiously, there were four or five hotels of this name around Melbourne, but generally with no real indication of exactly what landmarks the site was half-way to or from!

The first licensee was an Alexander Smith, and the hotel seems to have also been known as the Highbury Hotel briefly before it assume its current name around 1880 under the stewardship of John Thomas.

Today

The upper section off High Street was used as a live entertainment venue and during the 1980’s was a well-known rock 'n roll venue of the more genteel class with a more relaxed music venue downstairs, total capacity said to be 400.

I hadn't been past there for six or seven years, but in compiling the Lightbox slide show in mid-2015, it came as a surprise to find that the Armadale Hotel is no more.

The date of its demise is uncertain, but the hotel building has been demolished and in mid-2015 the site was occupied by an up-market license grocer operating under the name of Thomas Dux.


The Armadale Hotel, circa 1950 (above) an 1970 (below), both images from Stonnington Library, but don't tell them you saw them here! The dining room from memory was on the right-hand side, largely obscured by the van in the lower image.