Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
46 Queen's Road, Melbourne
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History (The Light Car Club of Australia)
The Victorian Light Car Club was formed late in 1924 as a spin-
Its initial operations including endurance rallies, reliability trials and hill climbs for "light cars", these defined as cars with an engine capacity of less than 2,000 c.c.
In 2010, Bob Watson, a long-
History (46 Queen's Road)
For many years, the Light Car Club of Australia had operated from premises at 17 Brunswick Street, Eastern Hill (now regarded as Fitzroy), but moved to the vacant Albert Park Golf Club premises in Queen's Road in 1961 (when still the corner of Queen's Place South).
Until around 1962, today's Hannah and Roy Streets to the north and south of the Albert Ground were known as Queen's Place North and Queen's Place South. Hannah Street was the original section of today’s King's Way from the Yarra to Park Street, South Melbourne, Roy Street ran from Park Street southwards across Albert Road and a dog-
The site that became 46 Queen's Road was first shown in 1919 as the clubrooms of the Albert Park Golf Club, which had existed since around 1900 and who were credited with constructing what was then a private golf course on the Crown lands in the Albert Park Reserve, the area originally a rubbish dump.
The Golf Club retained occupancy of the site until 1960, despite the course itself being reclassified as a public course just after the Second World War (during which it was closed and used by the Army). Under Government pressure to relinquish its hold on the Albert Park layout, the club acquired 200 acres of land in Melbourne's famed sand-
(Apparently during a clean-
The origins of the building we remember are a little sketchy -
(To be politically impartial, the Kennett Government struck a similar problem when removing the basketball courts in Albert Road two or three years later as part of the redevelopment of the Park for the Australian Grand Prix -
A few years after the LCCA moved to the premises, a working-
This seemed a rather strange choice -
This in part suggests that the communications lines may well have been installed during the original construction and adding further weight to the belief that 46 Queen’s Road was in fact a defence establishment during the war
The LCCA itself closed in 1992 -
It was kept afloat for a year or so as a midnight-
The LCCA had originally been granted the lease on a “peppercorn” rental as part of a plan to stimulate sporting activities in the area -
I vaguely remember there was short-
I vaguely remember there was a short-
The main sticking-
To compound the problem, the Lawn Tennis Association’s redevelopment of its Kooyong centre has seen the loss of several practice courts and it was rumoured the Australian Open may as a result lose its coveted “Grand Slam” status.
The dilapidated old 46 Queen’s Road was offered to the Tennis Association as an administration centre along with an upgrade of the courts in Hanna Street for use during the weeks. of the Open.
The upgrade of the courts was accepted with some delight, but one look at the building and the LTAV decided that rather than the traditional “… Gentlemen, start your engines”, it was instead “… Gentlemen, start your bulldozers …”
Rather like CDA, the LCCA manages to keep many of its old members involved with an annual re-
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