Signage archaeology in O’Connor

johnboy 14 February 2012 26

o'connor awnings

As the gentlemen in high vis clobber swarmed over the stricken All Bar Nun to transform it into the fast approaching Duxton a curious thing happened to the iconic awning fronting Macpherson Street.

As captured here by Holden Caulfield the signage for the long ago Nha Hang Vietnamese restaurant was revealed. Complete with six digit phone number.


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willo willo 10:42 pm 14 Feb 12

steveu said :

Good shot. But no thanks for making me feel old. :-S
Canberra is building up a heritage, this sort of stuff is good value IMHO.

ahh…dont feel old………i can remember this joint when it was called miller’s corner store

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 10:04 pm 14 Feb 12

How long since we had 6-digit numbers? I’d guess 1990.

moneypenny2612 moneypenny2612 9:57 pm 14 Feb 12

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m not sure why they left O’Connor Shops, but at first they went to Hobart place in the city; downstairs below the AEC office.

They suffered flood damage at that location (no fault of theirs) and subsequently ended up in Griffith. I guess they’ve been there for 7-8 years now.

Huh. I’d always wondered what happened to the Hobart Pl Vietnamese. Best salt and pepper quail I ever had. Plus I loved the long corridor back to the toilets – that, the big doors, and the unnatural lighting made it feel like a bit like a hospital.

Griffith. And Macquarie. All this time. Gob smacked.

BuzzwordBingo BuzzwordBingo 9:19 pm 14 Feb 12

taninaus said :

so no signage uncovered for the men’s club that used to operate upstairs?

The sign for ‘Macpherson Chambers’ used only to be visible above the alleyway behind the Fisho…

taninaus taninaus 7:17 pm 14 Feb 12

so no signage uncovered for the men’s club that used to operate upstairs?

poetix poetix 6:06 pm 14 Feb 12

I forgot to include the compulsory futile whinge about the creeping tide of septic spelling. So sorry.

Archaeology.

p1 p1 4:03 pm 14 Feb 12

jsm2090 said :

I’m pretty sure they’re the same owners. ‘yummy chicken’ and ‘yummy beef’ were oft recited by waiters as dishes to pick when we visited both restaurants.

Well, I’ve never been to the Griffith one, but I can certainly recommend the Macquarie one.

jsm2090 jsm2090 3:47 pm 14 Feb 12

I’m pretty sure they’re the same owners. ‘yummy chicken’ and ‘yummy beef’ were oft recited by waiters as dishes to pick when we visited both restaurants.

p1 p1 3:31 pm 14 Feb 12

Rollersk8r said :

Holden Caulfield said :

They suffered flood damage at that location (no fault of theirs) and subsequently ended up in Griffith. I guess they’ve been there for 7-8 years now.

You’re half right. They went from O’Connor, to Hobart Place, then to Griffith AND Macquarie. Cheeky old Tan splits his time between the two.

Macquarie? Did the ownership there change 7-8 years ago? Because the same restaurant has been there for at least 20 years.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:27 pm 14 Feb 12

Rollersk8r said :

Holden Caulfield said :

shadow boxer said :

As someone said it was universally known as the O’connor Vietnamese.

lots of good times had in that restaurant, is it really the same people in Griffith ?

Yes.

I’m not sure why they left O’Connor Shops, but at first they went to Hobart place in the city; downstairs below the AEC office.

They suffered flood damage at that location (no fault of theirs) and subsequently ended up in Griffith. I guess they’ve been there for 7-8 years now.

You’re half right. They went from O’Connor, to Hobart Place, then to Griffith AND Macquarie. Cheeky old Tan splits his time between the two.

I think I have a vague recollection of the Macquarie location. Thanks!

Lazy I Lazy I 2:51 pm 14 Feb 12

New Yeah said :

As long as they don’t use the same font as Debacle uses, what a travesty to the written word that is.

Comic Sans?

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 2:41 pm 14 Feb 12

Holden Caulfield said :

shadow boxer said :

As someone said it was universally known as the O’connor Vietnamese.

lots of good times had in that restaurant, is it really the same people in Griffith ?

Yes.

I’m not sure why they left O’Connor Shops, but at first they went to Hobart place in the city; downstairs below the AEC office.

They suffered flood damage at that location (no fault of theirs) and subsequently ended up in Griffith. I guess they’ve been there for 7-8 years now.

You’re half right. They went from O’Connor, to Hobart Place, then to Griffith AND Macquarie. Cheeky old Tan splits his time between the two.

New Yeah New Yeah 2:14 pm 14 Feb 12

I hope the Duxton uses a similar font for their signs. But I am sure to be disappointed.

As long as they don’t use the same font as Debacle uses, what a travesty to the written word that is.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 1:55 pm 14 Feb 12

shadow boxer said :

As someone said it was universally known as the O’connor Vietnamese.

lots of good times had in that restaurant, is it really the same people in Griffith ?

Yes.

I’m not sure why they left O’Connor Shops, but at first they went to Hobart place in the city; downstairs below the AEC office.

They suffered flood damage at that location (no fault of theirs) and subsequently ended up in Griffith. I guess they’ve been there for 7-8 years now.

M0les M0les 1:50 pm 14 Feb 12

Now track-down the former owners/operators and interview them!

shadow boxer shadow boxer 1:02 pm 14 Feb 12

As someone said it was universally known as the O’connor Vietnamese.

lots of good times had in that restaurant, is it really the same people in Griffith ?

bryansworld bryansworld 12:56 pm 14 Feb 12

OzChick said :

Nha Hang = Restaurant in Vietnamese

So it was called Restaurant Vietnamese Restaurant? Anyone know the actual name of the place?

OzChick said :

Nha Hang = Restaurant in Vietnamese

So it was called Restaurant Vietnamese Restaurant? Anyone know the actual name of the place?

It was called “Vietnam Restaurant” in English (part of English name obscured). The translation of the (Northern) Vietnamese name is “Vietnamese restaurant”.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:53 pm 14 Feb 12

OzChick said :

Nha Hang = Restaurant in Vietnamese

So it was called Restaurant Vietnamese Restaurant? Anyone know the actual name of the place?

As far as I know it was called (and still is, if you go to Griffith) “Vietnam Restaurant”.

OzChick OzChick 12:22 pm 14 Feb 12

Nha Hang = Restaurant in Vietnamese

So it was called Restaurant Vietnamese Restaurant? Anyone know the actual name of the place?

poetix poetix 12:05 pm 14 Feb 12

I wonder if there’s another layer under this one, or did the ‘awnings’ just go up for the Vietnamese restaurant?

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