Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
228 Langridge Street, Abbotsford
North_western corner of Langridge and Raphael Streets, Abbotsford
Most of us have been there, so there's little to add. Again, based on The Spark Diaries, we first met there in 2006 and have now had five reunions at the Carringbush, which pretty much equates to my forgettory.
Like the Geebung Polo Club, the Carringbush owes its current name to a literary source, although controversy still rages as the accuracy of the original.
"Carringbush" was the name used for Collingwood by Frank Hardy in a highly controversial 1950 novel "Power Without Glory" which was a thinly-
Maybe there was something about the Collingwood name, but Carringbush has become a favoured alternative, even to the point of the City of Yarra which includes Collingwood and Abbotsford having a Carringbush Library.
Our current re-
The original building was demolished and rebuilt to the design of architect James Wood in 1889, the new licensee William Nicholls. One report puts Nicholls as being a member of six Friendly Societies, thus the new name of to the Friendly Societies Hotels. Nicholls remained publican for ten years, at the same time an active member and vice-
The new structure had a shop on the Langridge Street side (probably the small dining room where our memorabilia is displayed, in most years shown as a fruiterers) and featured a room 40 by 60 feet for lodge and society meetings, believed to be the room used for our reunions .
("Friendly Societies" or "lodges" were communal organizations collecting subscriptions and offering welfare services to their members, long before this became an accepted role of Governments. One estimate from the mid-
"We paid a visit to the Friendly Societies Hotel... and found that brother Nicholls has done his best to provide accommodation for lodges. It is a splendid building from floor to roof. Electric bells and speaking tubes are fitted in the lodge-
( The Oddfellow, 2 December 1889, p.11)
"Carringbush" perhaps owes its name more to the ABC television adaptation of Hardy's novel -
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