Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
Post Office Club Hotel
304 High Street, St. Kilda
None from my perspective, but Ron Bird suggested it was favourite lunch spot for the Accounts Department.
The hotel opened early in 1872 -
It was first licensed in January, 1872 to James Farmer, with a meeting of the St. Kilda Licensing Court in March refusing Farmer's application to transfer the license to Ann Fitzpatrick as it was not legal to transfer a license within three months of its first issue.
Although he spent just three months as licensee, Farmer actually owned the freehold until his death late in 1883. January, 1884 saw his executors advertise no less than three hotels for sale -
It continued under the name of the Buck's Head until 1893 when it became the Post Office Club Hotel (generally just the "PO").
The change of name was somewhat belated -
The licensee at the time was a Patrick Guaran, who had a long association with Farmer's hotels, having had leases on the Bayview for at least ten years.
Guaran appears to have purchased the freehold. He died in July, 1900 and the license was transferred to his widow, Rita -
One account of the hotel from the St. Kilda Historical Society suggests that during the 1950s and 60s, it was (along with the Queen's Arms) a favourite spot of several local characters who can best be described as "colourful"; a long-
Memo : TO : Accounts Department.
FROM : Post Office Club Hotel
SUBJECT :Please collect all paper bags by 10.00 p.m. closing time.
The hotel continues to function today in pretty much the same fashion as in the 1970s with the addition of a T.A.B. outlet in Inkerman Street.
The “PO” as I gather it was known locally is a late withdrawal at the barrier.
Colin Elliott suggested at the September, 2013 lunch that the pub used by the Accounts Department was actually the Queen's Arms on the same side of the Nepean Highway but a block further south on the north-
We'll leave the PO in place just in case somebody needs to use it!
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