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Pladda (Demolished) 20-22 Tennyson Street

"Pladda", St. Kilda, [home of] Captain A. Currie "Pladda", St. Kilda, [home of] Captain A. Currie Imperial Institute series of bromide photographs of Victoria, Vol. 1 : Homes and scenery, SLV Pictures

  • Date Built: 1880C
  • Builder:

    Not known

  • First European Land Owner:

    1857 Prahran Parish Map (Identifying Crown Land Allotments 1845 onwards)  Map ID 93 owned by M O'Sullivan .See area near Beach Road. BlessingtonGardens Marked as a Reserve.  https://stkildahistory.org.au/our-collection/resources/parish

    1855 Kearney Map site unoccupied. Blessington Street Gardens still vacant land   https://stkildahistory.org.au/our-collection/resources/kearney-1

    1873 Vardy Map South Ward Sheet 5 Allotment 60 in the name of E Brett. Nearest northern residence Woodlands.  https://stkildahistory.org.au/our-collection/resources/vardy-plans

    Pladda part of sub division of Corinella.

    Above information available on Maps section of the St Kilda Historical Society website


  • Owners and occupiers:

    1880 Pladda built by Captain A Currie

    1958 Musician Leo Rosner opened the Moulin Rouge Nightclub. 

    1927 - 1958 William Bertram and Marjorie Bentley took over Pladda i then know as Berley  and run as a private hotel.
    'It was very grand with a mahogany staircase, large stainglass windows, a veranda, tennis courts, circular driveway and formal dining room with waiters in Black Tie.'
     1945 during the war it was occupied by Melbourne Grammar and was then accommodation for Dutch servicemen, then after the war it became the Berley Hotel 
    Her father Howard Bertram Bentley was a garage proprietor then a builder-estate agent. She says he built all the flats (except one block) in Garden Court (just off Dickens St south of Gardens). She also says they owned a flat at Aston Court 43 Acland St - that's the Spanish Mission looking building a few doors from Phillip on the corner of Bessiere Place. Throughout the 1940s her parents lived at 3 Church Square, a block of red brick flats. They owned-leased the Village Belle Market and also the Camberwell Junction market.
    1954 when it became the nightclub Moulin Rouge.
  • Architects:

     LLoyd Tayler

  • Description:

    To come

  • Sources:

    Melbourne Mansions Data Base: ID 2184

    Marjorie Bentley 1882-1957.Who's Who of the world of Women  (Reference Press Association), vol 2, 1934.

  • Compiled by: To come

Demolished previously operated as Moulin Rouge