Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

Le Chateau

48 Queen's Road, Melbourne

Location

South-eastern corner of Queen's Road and Roy Street (originally Queen's Place South)

Memories

I wondered about Le Chateau while wandering down Memory Lane, but originally didn't include it as it would have been well out of the price bracket for regular use.

Ron Bird, however, suggests that it was used occasionally (along with Bernardi's at St. Kilda Junction) at the executive level to celebrate significant sales wins, and that Graham Smith organised a couple of Engineering functions there, although Ron did add that it was usually the company that paid!

History

Still a little work to do, but the building was originally known as Fife House.

It was, however, more famous during the first half of the twentieth century as the home of the Brockhoff family, well-known Melbourne socialites and descending from the founders of the famous biscuit company and flour millers.

The patriarch of the family, Adolph, migrated to Australia from Schwerin, Mecklenbourg, Germany in 1862 as an unaccompanied 22 year-old. He originally settled in  (now Port Fairy), but appears to have moved to Melbourne around 1870 (living in Gipps Street, East Melbourne).


(above)  The Brockhoff factory in West Melbourne.  Date unknown, but it is known that this building was largely destroyed by fire in July, 1902.