Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
493 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Right : 1896 M.M.B.W. map :
Victoria House (upper) was a private residence, Shanghai Villa to the south was by 1904 the Russian Embassy. The two properties to the immediate south of 493 appear to have been demolished for the Sheridan Close apartments of today.
493 St. Kilda Road was the block marked with the map reference 905, just north of the intersection of Louise Street to the western side of St. Kilda Road.
Eastern side, midway between Armadale Street (north) and Commercial Road
Personally, just a vague one of a reception area on the left-
Telephone directories tell me that in 1982, Control Data Australia was at 598 St. Kilda Road (51-
More information please!
Research into the history of this site is yet to be fully completed, and certainly Trove tells us little, other than indicating that the address was known as "Stanleigh" or "Stanley".
The early history is unclear as the numbers of the eastern side of St. Kilda Road have changed extensively over the years as it was originally for some reason numbered from south to north. The western side, however, was numbered in the more conventional fashion of incrementing from the city end, i.e. in this case, north to south.
The eastern numbers between Commercial Road and Armadale Street in 1904 ran from 238 to 248, the four buildings including the Russian embassy and a home for nurses at the Alfred Hospital, but there is nothing to suggest whether the later 493 occupied one of those four sites.
The first reference is in 1934 with advertising for three-
There were probably larger apartments -
From 1962 to around 1965, the building was listed as the Melbourne office of Tongala Milk Products with no suggestion of other tenants, but from that point on until 1973, the entry is simply "not available", aka vacant or demolished.
The final Sands and Mac directory of 1974 showed 493 St. Kilda Road as "development site".
Just another office block -
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