Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

And every two years …

Last, but by no means least, we conclude with the three sites used up until 2014 for our two-yearly Melbourne reunions (the 2016 gathering was at Sophia’s - currently Work In Progress)

That makes it 1996 (Geebung Polo Club), 1998 and 2000 (White Horse Inn) and 2002/4/6/8/10/12/14 at the Carringbush. Sophia’s opened its account in 2016 and is probably a pre-post favourite for the 2018 event

The three venues included present an interesting contrast : two - the Geebung Polo Club and the Carringbush - now bear names other than their original, and both coincidentally are derived from literary works of vastly different eras.

The third, the White Horse Inn (possibly the oldest in our archive) rather surprisingly is not the catalyst for the naming of Whitehorse Road or today's City of Whitehorse.

By the early 1850s, there was a White Horse Inn on the north-eastern corner of Elgar and White Horse Roads, "Nunawading", which then encompassed Hawthorn eastward to todays Vermont.   The City of Whitehorse web site attributes both the city's name and Whitehorse Road to the White Horse Inn which was delicensed on 21 October, 1920 as a result of a Local Options Poll which saw Box Hill and Nunawading declared “dry’ areas and the building demolished in the early 1930s.


Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll have a dig around into the history of the Sophia’s site - probably little on the restaurant itself, but the site may be interesting.