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
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