Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

Noah's Palm Lake (Outrigger's)

52 Queen's Road, Melbourne

Location

Eastern side, about 40 metres south of Roy Street (and the Light Car Club).

Memories

One of the favourites during my time, The Outrigger was on the ground floor at the rear, virtually overlooking the swimming pool.  I seem to remember that we actually accessed the restaurant from the Queen's Lane entrance.

As the name Outrigger suggests, the dining area featured a pseudo-tropical decor of the plastic palm style.

The Palm Lake was one of the motels that Control Data used for interstate and overseas visitors - I remember a late-night party there after one of our visitors checked out on the Friday afternoon but managed to somehow hold on to the key.

History

The first of very few references in Trove to 52 Queens Road are to an attempted break-i in 1924, the occupants Mr and Mrs Charles W Chapman where it was reported that Mrs. Chapman had to dissuade her husband from branding a revolver at the would-be thief.

The Chapmans were earlier noted at "Lillimur", Queen's Road in 1916 when they were lauded for donating two automobiles to the Red Cross for the use of returning wounded soldiers. The property at that stage was brand new, not appearing in directories until 1915.

Although not a permanent installation, number 52 was one of several private residences in St. Kilda and Queen's Roads taken over by the Army during the Second World War. The building was used as the headquarters of the Army History Unit.

(For many years both before and after the Palm Lake was built, the mansion immediately to the south was an Defence installation for the 3rd Division Army Directorate).

By 1947, there are references to number 52 being known as "Glendower" and the building was being used as a function centre with a number of wedding receptions, dinner dances and parties noted, but there also appears to have been a small section let as accommodation.

It continued as function centre until at least 1957, but in the three years leading up to the motel appearing in 1963, directories show the site as "not available" (either the building unoccupied or land vacant).

The motel was constructed by The Palm Lake Motel Limited, but later acquired by the Noah's chain.  The original building appears to have been extended by 1966, when number 50 (at one point home to The Diner's Club) disappeared and the Palm Lake was listed as 50-52 Queen's Road.

Little is recorded of 50 Queen's Road.  It was constructed a few years after 52 and in 1934 there is reference to a Miss J, Lewis as secretary of the Victorian Women's Baseball Association, but not whether it was a family home, apartment or office. Certainly the building was used as offices immediately before the Palm Lake was extended, one tenant noted as The Diner's Club.

Today

The building has been remodelled, the major change from the Queen's Road aspect is that balconies are now enclosed as part of the rooms.  It now functions as Bayview on the Park, and I've just taken a note to check out whether the swimming pool and dining area still exists in Queen's Lane.


It is known that in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Palm Lake and other interstate motels including the Lakeside International in Canberra were owned by the A.M.P. Society and operated on their behalf by Noah's Ltd.

By 1949, there are references to the property being known as "Glendower" and the building was being used as a function centre with a number of wedding receptions noted..

In the three years leading up to the motel appearing in 1963, directories show the site as "not available" (either the building unoccupied or land vacant)

The motel was constructed by The Palm Lake Motel Limited, but later transferred to the Noah's chain.

The original motel building appears to have been extended by 1966, when number 50) disappeared and the motel was listed as 50-52 Queen's Road.

Little is recorded of 50 Queen's' Road.  It was constructed a few years after 52 and in 1934 there is reference to a Miss J, Lewis as secretary of the Victorian Women's Baseball Association, but not whether it was a family home, apartment or office. Certainly the building was used as offices immediately before the Palm Lake was extended, one tenant noted as The Diner's Club.

For many years both before and after the Palm Lake was built, the mansion immediately to the south was an Defence installation for the 3rd Division Army Directorate.