Bourke County Beefhouse,
272 City Road, South Melbourne
Northern side of City Road, about 50 metres west of the King Street-
A real dark horse that I wouldn't have remembered or probably even have bothered about, except that it evokes memories when I walk past it just about every time I head off to the State Library.
If anyone else of the current collection of Old Farts recall it, it will be Julie James or John Baxter, because the night I remember was an annual dinner for about 50 Professional Services Division staff and partners in 1975.
The year I am pretty certain of -
Whether it was ever subsequently used by C.D.A., I have no idea.
The Bourke County was a two-
Very much catering for groups rather than intimate dining, it followed a late-
The other thing of note about the Bourke County is that it was owned and operated
by the well-
I haven't fully pursued the history of the site, but it was an unusual location for a restaurant when it opened in 1974; on a busy street and surrounded by light industry, mostly vehicle trade and engineering, although the old Trades Hotel (demolished in the last year or two) a few doors up had been used as the headquarters of Dulux Paints for a number of years.
From a quick scan I had of 272's previous tenants, they included plaster products, sheet metal manufacturing, a distributor of printing machinery and immediately before the Bourke County opened, as Connell's Wine Merchants, the only retail outlet for probably 400 metres on either side of City Road.
The Bourke County continued until around 1988 and there are suggestions that by this
time, the Charlton family were operating a second restaurant. Of the site's later
use, nothing is known, but it seems likely that it continued as an entertainment
venue of some description as for the last five of six years, it has functioned as
For the last two or three years, it has been the Fabrique Night Club -