Chapter 32: In search of a lunchtime venue

GTV9_3Once arrived in Australia and searching for work for some time, I eventually joined General Television Corporation’s Channel 9 (GTV9), Melbourne as Senior Film Editor.

At the beginning of 1957, GTV9 were about to go on the air and had no arrangements for feeding the staff except doorstop sandwiches served in a small hall. The building in Bendigo Street, Richmond had previously been occupied by the Heinz company, producing 57 varieties.  The small hall had, probably, been the staff canteen.

After a while I went searching further afield to see if I could find a hot meal.  A couple of hundred yards away on the main road there was a café which the locals called Greasy Mack’s.  One meal in there was enough to know that it would not fit the bill.

In the opposite direction, a group of us eventually found a small restaurant which was run by a middle-aged Frenchman.

It had a small choice of menu in that there would be three soups, three main courses and three puddings.  All for about 3/6d (17 pence) for the three course meal.  The food was delicious and “home cooked”.  There was no sign of French cuisine. I went there several times a week for a year.

Further reading: Jobhunting & the start of television in Australia 1956

Next chapter: Chapter 33: Spring Rolls

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