Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
67 Queen's Road
Nothing for me other than a recollection of a block of flats there (was there a first floor sandwich bar???), perhaps a little more modern than some of the others constructed on the graves of the original mansions in Queen's Road. Julie James headed up the Southern District External Consulting Services of Professional Services Division there prior to moving to larger premises shared with Control Data Institute in a much newer office building at 71 Queen's Road, just south of the John Batman Motel.
I can't confirm it one way of the other -
Bad puns aside, the site had a couple of interesting features, not least of which is that like 598 St. Kilda Road, it was only a 73-
I have a hunch that Lorne Street is somewhat wider than all the other streets between St. Kilda and Queen's Road and certainly the only one with traffic lights. I must remember to pace it out next time I'm in the area. There also seems to be the likelihood that the original intentions were to continue Fraser/Lorne Street across the lake reserve, then a rubbish dump, as it aligns perfectly with Fraser Street in Middle Park.
There was no mention of 67 Queen's Road in directories until 1914, when it was listed simple as "vacant" -
There's still some checking to be done to see whether there was a family connection, but coincidentally, Wyalla at 71 Queen's Road later used by the analyst group and CDI was listed under Louis Benjamin from 1908 to 1926, but possibly with the family there several years earlier.
67 Queen's Road appeared in 1941 as the Rameta Flats, confirming it was of later design than others along that stretch and was promoted with all the hyperbole of the real estate agencies of the time (and evermore).
Directories do not show the occupants of apartment buildings (probably because of the somewhat transitory nature of the occupancies). but Rameta must have had some attraction as a 1945 Certificate of Incorporation for Victory Motors Pty Ltd. has one Reginald Myles Ansett as a co-
By the mid-
The site, along with 63 and 65 Queen's Road was bought by the Chevron group in 1955, the frontage to Queen's Road of 473 feet selling for £456,000 with long-
The final Sands and Macdougall directory of 1974 shows 11 tenants, the most notable Computer Power Pty Ltd., "management consultants”, along with another computer presence with a group called Cobol Digital Pty Ltd of which I for one have no knowledge. Julie confirmed recently that there was still a significant number of private residences in the building at the time her group was based there.
The massive proposed private hotel was never built : the President Motel at 63 survived until around 1990, the Waitemata Flats at 65 and Rameta at 67 probably around the same, but it seems probable that the three properties bought by the Chevron group in 1955 remained under the same ownership, the stretch now three interconnecting buildings offering strata title apartments and five-
(This was in September, 2013 -
I believe that 65 and 67 were originally part of the Raddison hotel chain, but again need to check a little further.
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