Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
23 Queen's Road, Melbourne
23 Queen's Road (about 30 metres north of Leopold Street)
As the name obviously suggests, Dirty Dick's was a boisterous theatre-
It was pretty much serve-
Although it was eminently suitable for loud and somewhat bawdy group evenings, I can only remember three or four visits at lunch and probably with no more that a couple of other people. Perhaps one of it’s drawbacks was that it involved a fairly long walk for those without cars or not commuting via car to work.
The early history of the building is a little obscure with the site not identifiable as a corner block.
It appears to have been constructed around 1898 and remained under the ownership of a family named Duckett for at least twenty years and there are some references to the original property being called Castleberry or Castleberg.
They may well have been the only family to occupy the building -
The restaurant was in a large single-
Whether the building was unoccupied during this time or just an oversight from the directory isn't known, but in 1966, it suddenly appeared as the Stagecoach Inn Licensed Restaurant operating at the upper-
Around 1974, it was converted to Dirty Dick's, and survived for a number of years. Given the site is currently a minor part of an apartment block in Queen's Lane, the original building may have survived a few more years, but it's function during that time is unknown.
The site today is at the rear of Brooklands, a seven or eight story apartment block fronting Queen's Lane, but rather strangely, neither vehicle or pedestrian access is available from Queen's Road. The site does not show the number.
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