Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

The Court Jester

270 Chapel Street, Prahran

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Location

North-eastern corner of Chapel and Princes Close (formerly Princes Street), midway between Malvern Road and High Street

 Memories

Ron Bird suggests it was a favourite after-work haunt of the mail and print room staff (hardly enough for a crowd) and it was also used for a few Saturday lunches when at a loose end, one would just wander up Chapel Street and there was a good chance of catching up with someone else at a similar loose end.  

One of the smaller of the hotels we used as a lunch venue.

History

The Post Office Hotel was first licensed on 1 July, 1864 to Henry Thresher - the Post Office itself was on the south-western corner of Chapel and Greville streets as part of the new Town Hall complex (I seem to remember it still there in the early 1970s, bu not sure about today).

Amongst the early references to the hotel is an advertisement for the sales of surplus beer kegs under Thresher's name - he appears to have remained the publican until 1871.

The Court Jester name first appeared in 1973 after the original Post Office Hotel was either re-built or modernised, the owners obviously also deciding on a more distinctive name from the glut of traditional hotels drawing of local landmarks - Post Office, Station or Railway.

The most famous publican was certainly Richmond captain-coach Jack "Captain Blood" who took over the hotel in August, 1952 and was the publican for some years.

Today

The original building has been totally gutted and replaced with an ultra-modern coffee shop and sports bar and like a few situated in trendy shopping strips is hardly recognisable as a hotel.  

The first level of the building (function unknown) remains similar to the original.


The Court Jester today. Sadly no images of the Post Office Club or the original Court Jester of the 1970s appear to survive.