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What’s with that Yellow double decker bus in Braddon – Mandala???

duckylucky 30 March 2009 65

[First filed: March 28, 2009 @ 13:05]


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Hi.

Anyone know anything about that large yellow double decker bus parked of Girrahween St (Between Mort and Londsdale, opp Shell servo) in Braddon?

It has the word ‘Mandala’ [ED – ‘Mandalay’] painted on the side, and has some other creepy pictures painted on it.

It seems pretty decrepit, boarded up, yet appears to the connected to the power grid?

I’ve never seen anyone get into it or hang around it….?

Has it got something to do with feeding the homeless…perhaps drug education…a needle exchange….?

Any views and history on it would be greatly appreciated.


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TheDancingDjinn TheDancingDjinn 12:00 am 25 Mar 12

Pork Hunt said :

I loved that place Doghouse Dave. You might remember me, I was the drunken fool who rocked up on Fri or Sat nights in 1987-1990 and bought 2 chilli dogs with cheese and a bucket of chips. Lol. Need to visit u in Young before u retire.

+ 1 Trillion – i loved that place – the only thing that comes close for me is the Gspot

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 10:06 pm 24 Mar 12

I loved that place Doghouse Dave. You might remember me, I was the drunken fool who rocked up on Fri or Sat nights in 1987-1990 and bought 2 chilli dogs with cheese and a bucket of chips. Lol. Need to visit u in Young before u retire.

I-filed I-filed 7:32 pm 24 Mar 12

OzChick said :

It used to be a Vietnamese take away at one stage. This was when it was parked across the street, from St Mary’s Church in Braddon.

Not Vietnamese I think – Burmese. Hence “Mandalay”.
The food was good.

Doghouse_Dave Doghouse_Dave 2:58 pm 24 Mar 12

George Thung operated from a caravan at the garage opposite the theatres in 1971 or 1972 then moved opposite on to Mort Street. He then moved to the car park where James Court is and then moved opposite BP. The Doghouse operated in the same area, and was in Lonsdale Street from 1972-2005. When we were moved from Caltex I operated where Georges’ bus is now. We only were allowed three months to find another site and had to as the park was heritage classified. Geoge was allowed to park the Mandalay bus there when the Garema car park was built on. George was a good friend and his sons used to call me uncle. If George is still around then Dave says Hi to him and his family. Also hello and thank you to everyone who remembers The Doghouse. The Doghouse is still operating Wed-Sat nights in Young, NSW. As the original owner I am selling the business as it’s time for me to retire and travel. Dave

deye deye 10:09 am 08 Feb 11

Grrrr said :

Is it just my imagination, or did I see the bus open one night during Summernats this year, when all the Summernats crowd were gathered in the area?

I can’t otherwise recall seeing it open during the last half-dozen years I’ve spent in the city.. I do recall it changing colour in that time tho.

Yes it was open during Summernats, there are a few times each year that it is open for a night or two.

Grrrr Grrrr 8:55 am 08 Feb 11

Is it just my imagination, or did I see the bus open one night during Summernats this year, when all the Summernats crowd were gathered in the area?

I can’t otherwise recall seeing it open during the last half-dozen years I’ve spent in the city.. I do recall it changing colour in that time tho.

peterepete peterepete 11:01 pm 07 Feb 11

Long time since comment but the bus is still there. Greater state of decay. I walked about it today and it became apparent that it’s made of wet cardboard. It seems to have a variety of electrical cabling connected to mains. I think reptoids sleep here

canberrason canberrason 12:30 pm 02 Apr 09

Uncle George is one of the unsung heroes of Canberra.He came to australia with nothing, as an assistant to the military attache of burma He started as a shearers cook for the mcguiness bros. He was the caretaker of the Yarralumla Woolshed for eleven years until the big floods in Woden. He was a great friend of Charlie Russell and also rode horses with Governor General William Slim. He used to be a carport attendent at deakin autoport for many years, until he realised that people working in night in canberra could not even get a coffee after ten pm. Thats how he helped the canberra community,he started with a caravan in the early seventies. He is also a Second World War Hero fighting for the british in burma. He has advised is sons that they have a duty to Canberra to serve the people of canberra.Uncle George was born in 1923.

Kalley Kalley 12:08 pm 31 Mar 09

p.s oh and it was red. uncle George’s’s sons painted in yellow a few years back.

Kalley Kalley 12:05 pm 31 Mar 09

Uncle George who owns the bus is from Burma and has been in Canberra since the 50s. He is actually quite a good Burmese cook as is his wife. He had a stroke about two years ago and is now too frail to operate his business. he hopes to hand the bus on to someone to operate. There are a few Burmese refugees who hope one day they can take it on. If you want Burmese food now the only place to get it is at the Turner bowling club. Spare a thought for the ageing and frail Uncle George when you pass the bus and hope someone from the Burmese community or his own family takes it over -that is what he really wants.

natecv8 natecv8 7:55 am 31 Mar 09

seekay said :

I have wondered what the story of the Mandalay bus was for years. It’s rather sad. Burmese food it good, too.

Where are the other late night food caravans and how late are they open to? The only one I know is the hamburger etc van out in the carpark at Woden but understand that there’s another in the wilds of Gunghalin.

The G-Spot in Gungahlin. It’s been around for about 7 years as far as I know so it’s not quite the nostalgic story that a number of these vans are. The owner tells me that their inconvenient hours are due to the golf club (whom rent them carpark space) avoiding competition with their own bistro. I can’t remember the hours but I can guarantee they’re open on a Friday/Saturday night.

Danman Danman 5:55 pm 30 Mar 09

That woolies had a bistro upstairs too – Had many a meal there with my mum, and indeed at the double decker bus Granny mentioned in the alleyway between buildings…

Ahh nostalgia

Disposable Disposable 5:49 pm 30 Mar 09

Wow, I remember that Woolies now that I have seen that picture.

Granny Granny 3:36 pm 30 Mar 09

That’s so cool that you found a photo of it, Dr Evil! It’s kind of hard to tell because the library picture is from the front and the Google one is shot from the rear of the bus.

dr.evil dr.evil 3:26 pm 30 Mar 09

I have always wondered if the Yellow Mandalay bus was the old Dubbl Dekka Cafe that used to be in Civic in the early 1970’s. My Nan used to take me there for iced coffee.

ricci ricci 2:42 pm 30 Mar 09

Amazing how may people spell “toeing” as towing”. A common mistake.

Granny Granny 11:52 am 30 Mar 09

Janeycomelately, I may have missed the bit where I said all Christians were interested in my money. Could you point that out for me?

It is quite possible that the lady you know that worked there is towing the official line while the lady I know that worked there feels free to be more honest about her feelings and experiences these days. Who knows? However she most certainly did work there and this is most certainly what I was told. Are you calling me a liar?

Furthermore, if you really want to go into more about what I have heard about that particular ‘Christian’ organisation I can tell you that you will never find a greater litany of evil or more hurt, confused and abused people walking around.

Do you really want to get into this?

dvaey dvaey 11:32 am 30 Mar 09

Im just curious, was this Mandalay bus ever related to another bus which was (from memory) in that carpark theyve just over-developed, across from the BP servo. From memory the ‘other bus’ was called something like ‘The Big Red Bus’, and sold late-night asian take-away food. I vaguely remember seeing it around the area in my younger days, but never remember seeing it open. Then again, for all I remember, it might have actually been yellow not red. Anyone remember the red bus or is my memory failing me?

seekay seekay 11:09 am 30 Mar 09

I have wondered what the story of the Mandalay bus was for years. It’s rather sad. Burmese food it good, too.

Where are the other late night food caravans and how late are they open to? The only one I know is the hamburger etc van out in the carpark at Woden but understand that there’s another in the wilds of Gunghalin.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 11:07 am 30 Mar 09

I had the worset case of food poisoning ever from that bus.

Later I found out that the guy used to just turn off the power each night and go home. When He came in the next night he’d just turn everything on again and it would all just slowly heat up again (or cool down in the case of stuff in the fridge).

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