Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey


The Station Hotel

96 Greville Street, Prahran

Location :

South-eastern corner of Greville and Porter Streets, Prahran

Memories :

A regular lunch time spot, but personally I can't recall much of the hotel itself - I seem to remember the dining room accessible from Porter Street on the right, but the 1983 image has it in the single story section to the right which appears to be a later addition converted from a terrace house.  I'm guessing this would have been another regular haunt of the Computer Weekly crew.

History :

Exploring the "Station Hotel" is a somewhat horrendous task as there were probably fifty throughout Victoria.

Licensing records reveal that the Prahran site was originally established in 1865, the first licensee William Buchanan, but it was then known as the Railway Tavern given its proximity to Greville Street Station.

The station opened on 22 December 1860 as Greville Street and part of the Brighton line.  The line to Brighton was then an extension of the St. Kilda line, looping back on a trestle bridge across southern part of the Albert Park Reserve and St. Kilda Rd via a railway bridge near Union Street to Prahran and hence to Brighton. The station was renamed as Prahran in 1867

There were plans presented during the License Reductions Board hearings in 1926 for construction of a new hotel as evidenced by the undated plans above.

The building emerged as the Station Hotel in in directories of 1929, meaning it probably opened in 1928 as they were generally compiled in September and October of the previous year.

Depending on the completeness of the architect's drawing, the single-story section along Greville Street appears to have incorporated one or perhaps two small shops and became the dining area.


Known from the early 1980s as the Station Tavern and Brewery, it was a prominent rock music venue throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s; Captain Matchbox's Whoopee Band is advertised in the middle image and others online suggest the Skyhooks also played regular gigs there.

(An unknown correspondents suggests the music venue started with a $0.50 cover charge with bands included AC/DC, Daddy Cool, Dingoes, Goanna, Mighty Kong, etc).

The dining area was converted into a restaurant (Cafe Byblos) circa 1995.

How long the hotel remained open is unknown, but at the time of writing (July, 2013), it was being converted and heavily promoted as 41 "boutique" apartments (i.e. "boutique" = "small").

Despite a rather imaginative promotional gimmick, the two single fronted terrace cottages at 102 and 104 survived the train crash and at that time were combined into yet another of the trendy coffee shop/cafes that pepper the eastern end of Greville Street, but the mid-2015 street view show them disappearing as part of yet another bland apartment block.

Where will it end?   

Valé Greville Street, it was nice to know you!