Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
Mount Erica Hotel
422 High Street, Prahran
Ron Bird suggests the Mount Erica was a favourite place for accounts people lunches led by Graham Doig and Col Elliott, but I remember several lunches there with analysts and sales people involved.
The Mount Erica probably rivals the Fawkner Club as the oldest hotel we visited, although the White Horse Inn used for a couple of reunions is also in the mix.
Like the College Lawn, the name was taken from a local place name that was still being used up until around 1900, the "mountain" the slight rise up High Street to the east (the Mount Erica Methodist Church survives in High street even today).
Building allotments were being advertised as early as 1853, alternatively described as East or Upper Prahran
The first reference to the hotel comes in the same year, when a license was issued to Benjamin Chamberlain, notes suggesting "a rude racecourse"  adjacent, 115 feet to High street and 170 along Williams Road. The building itself was note of wood, suggesting it covered just a small portion of the total site.
Like most of the early hotels, the Mount Erica regularly hosted election meetings and lodge gatherings. Chamberlain sold the Mount Erica for £400 in 1861, at the same a ten-
The original hotel is known to have been rebuilt in 1876 after a transfer of license was refused because of the condition of the building
"MOUNT ERICA Hotel, Dandenong-
... jeez, we just wanted a quick lunch ...
Although not as famed as the Station Hotel, the Mt. Erica also spent time as a rock music venue in the 1980s and 90s. Today, along with the College Lawn, it is probably the most radically expanded of the premises we frequented. There is a new single-
Whether this involved the demolition of other buildings is uncertain -
1 “A rude racecourse”? Well, the horses are believed to have raced naked! I can however confirm the existence of a racecourse -
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