Re: Ron #41
  David Batho

Hear, hear! Especially if there’s ‘shrubbery’!

David B


> On 1 Dec 2020, at 6:14 pm, David Featherstone davidh.feathers@...> wrote:


> Thanks Yuri. Google gave me a bum steer. I love that part of town. I used to go to the Hilton often in the late 70s/80s for a Sunday lunch. I remember seeing Peter Allen perform there, and he was really good. So good in fact that I went and saw him later at Her Majesty's in a show he did called 'Up In One'. So good that lastly I saw him at The Palladium in Albert Rd Sth Melbourne. At least the venues were close to trams!

> One of my all time favourite restaurants in that area was the Cafe Balzac at Simpson St/Wellington Pde run by George and Mirka Mora (243 pop art fame). Wonderful place.

> By the way, I love the shots you post, they are fantastic, and I appreciate and don't take for granted the effort you go to.

> Cheers. David F


> On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 1:06:06 AM UTC+11 trams4me wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Nov 2020 03:44:43 -0800 (PST), David Featherstone wrote:


> >Then further up in the distance you can see a crane - this is the construction of the

> >Melbourne Hilton on the site of the demolished (1968)

> >Clivedon Mansions (pronounced Kleevdon) building on the corner of

> >Clarendon St . This was an iconic building in East Melbourne.

> >For all Norm Gallagher's faults he stopped a lot of wanton

> >demolition in his day, Clivedon was too early for Norm, however.


> Cliveden, actually.


> The magnificent entry doors were salvaged and were repurposed as the entry to the then Hilton's expensive restaurant, "The Cliveden Room". I haven't been there since the Pullman takeover but the restaurant no longer exists there: there's an informal dining and bar overlooking Clarendon Street and the Fitzroy gardens. Destruction of the Cliveden mansions would never happen in this day and age.


> > The Old Freemason's Hospital up the road in Clarendon St is now called Epworth-Clivedon.


> It's actually called the Epworth-Freemasons - I had the misfortune to be a 3-month inhabitant 18 months ago.


> The Epworth Cliveden is a small private hospital (day surgery mainly) located in a converted Victorian mansion on the corner of Simpson and George Streets.


> Yuri.


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