Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

Eats ... The Hotels

Not many could afford it these days, but back then, hotels were hotels providing relatively cheap meals at lunchtime rather than today's enterprises where the pub revenues are more derived from the restaurant, coffee machines and possibly gaming.

Two of the entries included - the Fawkner Club and the Flower have been converted into apartments over the last six or seven years, and Station at the time of writing (August, 2013) was undergoing the same transformation, but the others are still  operating in some form or other - maybe a couple more as gaming venues than what we may remember as one of out our favourite lunch spots.

(The Esplanade, better known as the Espy) continues to survive after a long battle to protect the site from high-rise residential development).

Probably the Mount Erica, Court Jester and the old stomping ground, the College Lawn are the two that have changed the most externally (although the pink elephants on the roof of the Windsor Castle provide an interesting addition to the local streetscape).

Most of the others probably remain pretty true to how they looked back around 1930 when a number of hotels were re-built to conform with new requirements for improved dining and accommodation facilities imposed by the Licensing Reductions Board.

July, 2014

Sees the addition of the Albert Park and Royal Hotels as a result some thoughts at the July Third-Friday lunch.  John Baxter suggested that the Albert Park was used for a number of lunches - this was obviously after my time as it is now my closest hotel - and John O'Neil's vague recollection of turning right off Malvern Road past some Housing Commission flats also brough back the Royal Hotel in Bendigo Street, seemingly best remembered (if at all) for its beer garden.  (Now The Flying Duck).

2015 Update

We seem to have covered most of the hotels used for eating, drinking or eating and drinking in the initial release plus the additions above.  

Ron Bird made an interesting observation that while C.D.A. were at 474 St. Kilda Road, it was always handy to have an interstate or overseas visitor stay at the Chevron, the rationale being that he or she could invite the Control Data crew up to the Guest's Lounge when the public bars closed at 6 o'clock.

This revived a half-completed exercise in documenting as a matter or interest both the closure of many hotels around the area under the Licenses Reduction Act and also the "new" liquor laws of 1 February, 1961 removed temporary restrictions which had been in place for 45 years and as result, the Six O'clock Swill.  (Both are held directly under the Drinks section).