Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
This was another recommended stopover for interstate and overseas visitors, but was also used for a number of "official" celebratory lunches of various types.
Some of the motels we used advertised their restaurants separately -
Rather surprisingly for such a prominent site, the Travelodge was one of the later motels to open along the St. Kilda and Queen's Road strips.
At the time it opened, there were already Travelodge motels in Royal Parade in Carlton, Canterbury Road in St. Kilda (which may have specialised in one-
Perhaps more surprising is that for at least twenty years before the motel was constructed, the corner was occupied by one of Melbourne's largest funeral homes conducted by A. A. Speight Pty Ltd. (the company itself traced back to at least the 1890s).
Haven't checked it all the way through, but there was a branch of the Speight family resident for some years at Charlton, aka 598 St. Kilda Road.
The Travelodge closed as a motel around 2000 and was extensively redeveloped into high class strata title apartments with the addition of four floors and a rooftop gymnasium, sauna, pool and entertaining area to the original eight levels of public accommodation.
The complex is now called The Hallmark and houses several well-
Somewhat, incongruously, Cherry Blossom, the "knock-
The Hallmark (above) and The Cherry Blossom (below); next-