Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
John Batman Motor Inn (Eliza's)
69 Queen's Road, Melbourne
Despite being the closest motel (or indeed dining spot of any description), we didn't seem to use the John Batman nearly as much as, say, the Palm Lake.
Eliza's Restaurant was on the first floor along the Queen's Road side.
The site first appeared in directories (under St. Kilda) in 1893, then shown as the corner of Fraser Street, the latter changed to Lorne Street around 10 years later. The earliest occupant noted was Albert G. Smith who seems to have resided there for around ten years.
The first reference to the site in Trove is in 1915, the building called "Merrileas"  and owned for many years by Mr and Mrs Rupert Hart. Later family notices place the family there as late as 1946, Rupert noted as dying in August, 1945 and a son-
The John Batman when it opened in 1964 (shown as the head office of Capital Motor Inns Pty. Ltd), it replaced a building alternatively described as a guest house or block of flats.
Like the later President Hotel, the John Batman was built to the design of renowned Melbourne Architect, Robin Boyd.
A precise date of when the motel ceased operations is a little difficult to establish -
For many years, the building next door to the south was a private hospital that appears to have operated from the 1920s and was still functioning when the John Batman opened. I think this building remains.
69 Queen's Road now presents a mystery to casual observers. The entire building is secured and there is nothing externally to indicate its function. There is no reception area, but there are doors marked "Staff Entrance", indicating some sort of non-
After the Motor Inn closed, the building was used by the ANZ Bank for staff training and in the mid-
It is most probably a Government centre of some description description and possibly still used for training purposes, but just why all the secrecy? Perhaps a Watergate style break-
Other than the removal of any signage that might identify the building's use, the exterior is identical to the 1964 image above.
 The name came from one of the early owners, John Merrileas who resided there circa 1899, but not for very long. I couldn't trace an earlier name when Albert Smith was in occupancy.