There was a time, it is said, when there was a pub on every corner on Portsea Island.
A slight exaggeration perhaps for the north of the city, but if you drew a line east to west from St Mary’s Road along Lake Road and down Queen Street, then for anywhere south of that line it might have been true.
Here’s a point that proves it for we are looking at the junction of Station Street and Commercial Road.
It is December 1973 and we have four places to have a drink within 50 yards.
To the left is The Criterion, then the Claremont Hotel. Crossing Station Street we have Judd’s railway hotel and then a restaurant, a fancy goods shop and another pub, the Lennox Arms.
To the left of The Criterion was a tobacconist and then another pub, The Albany.
The crane was working on the beginnings of the new civic offices in Guildhall Square.