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Signage archaeology in O’Connor

By 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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Signage archaeology in O’Connor
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 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 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 1:50 pm 14 Feb 12

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

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 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 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 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 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?

steveu 10:54 am 14 Feb 12

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.

Rawhide Kid Part3 10:38 am 14 Feb 12

Talk about a “Time Warp”

Brandi 10:03 am 14 Feb 12

Nice piece of heritage you captured, HC. Thanks!

shadow boxer 9:46 am 14 Feb 12

haha, that is gold, I did come across some graffti in southwell Park the other day that said “Kylie was ere 81” and “Kiss rules”.

It had been sitting there happily for 30 years and I think it takes over from the (now removed) “sex pistols” that was carved into the carved concrete footpath near Kings Ave as Canberra’s oldest graffiti.

SnapperJack 9:40 am 14 Feb 12

The last time I saw that font for Vietnam was in Surfing World magazine in 1973.

Holden Caulfield 9:27 am 14 Feb 12

Thanks JB. Took me back a number of years when I saw that!

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