The Semaphore Palais

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Notwithstanding a current and very welcome revival, Semaphore’s golden years as a seaside resort was undoubtedly the 1920s and so it was that in 1922 the Fricker Brothers constructed this building as a beach kiosk, bathing pavilion and dance hall – the Semaphore Palais & Cafe. While reports have it that two thirds of Adelaide’s population attended the opening of the Palais, this seems rather exaggerated though the crowd would have been big given the popularity of Semaphore at the time. Continue reading “The Semaphore Palais”

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Niagara Cafe: “Food for Prime Ministers”

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As a café owner, it’s not often that you hear a knock on the door just before midnight, after you have closed for the night, and upon opening the door you find the Prime Minister of Australia standing there begging to be fed and complaining of the cold. Continue reading “Niagara Cafe: “Food for Prime Ministers””

Other Interesting Buildings In Downtown Gundagai

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I have referred to a number of buildings in my other reviews principally because, in addition to them being aesthetically pleasing, they also have a story to tell.

As you walk down the main street there are a number of other buildings worthy, at least, a passing look. A couple, being purveyors of alcoholic beverages are worthy a closer examination if you are feeling thirsty, though they also serve decent food. Continue reading “Other Interesting Buildings In Downtown Gundagai”