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by:Merttace     2020-05-15
On June 26, 1971, the last closing of the South Australia hotel on the North Terrace marked the end of an era and sadly ended Adelaide\'s social and community history in 100.
During the recent 50 th anniversary celebration of the Beatles legend\'s visit to Adelaide, \"the South\" is considered the place where the famous pop band stayed.
However, this famous hotel has played a bigger and more colorful role in the history of our city than receiving a group of famous tourists.
The story began in 1879, when a public house was first built on the site of the North Terrace, but it did not take long for the original building to prove inadequate and to be demolished, for a larger and more impressive hotel, it opened as a \"South Australia hotel\" in 1894.
Due to close to Adelaide railway station New Hotel of business very active to 1900 including three-
Balcony of the manor.
Soon, the hotel has 72 rooms with hot and cold running water, 7 luxury suites, each beautifully decorated, with magnificent cedar stairs, and a magnificent restaurant with crystal chandeliers and air conditioning (
Rare luxury in those days)
24-hour room service.
The original restaurant can accommodate up to 200 guests and becomes the center of Adelaide\'s social life.
The balcony provides the perfect setting for weddings, afternoon tea and other important social events and occasions.
However, in the 1920 s, the reputation of \"South\" as a senior hotel in a young city began to fade, and as more modern businesses opened, its wealth continued to decline, over the next few years, it has gradually fallen into a state of disrepair for some years.
In 1934, the lease was taken over by an ambitious, determined woman, Luisa O\'Brien from a family of hoteliers, who immediately set out to restore the once magnificent hotel to its best location in the city.
Luisa was born in Millicent in 1880, and George and Mary Reed became the renters and managers of the Waldock Hotel in Melbourne.
Later, the whole family moved to Adelaide, where George ran the Black Bull Hotel on Hindley Street.
Luisa attended Hadwick College in Adelaide and later married John O\'Brien, who, with the help of his father, took over the operation of the Gawler Place business hotel.
John was killed in a horse riding accident when Luisa\'s mother, who had five children, instinctively chose to rent a South Australian Hotel.
It was a decision that she would be a \"big shot\" in the hotel world \".
According to legend, Luisa took over the company in June 18, 1934 and fired all employees.
Within 48 hours, she repainted the interior and hired new employees, including Louis (Lewy)
Cotton as the foreman.
Lewis, who has been in this position for more than 30 years, took over the sparkling new white and golden dining room of 600 people.
For the next 30 years, the South was recognized as one of the greatest hotels in the British Empire.
Guests from all over the world live here, including writer H. G. Wells, dancer Anna Pavlova, movie star Marlene.
Under Lewis\'s gaze, the restaurant has gained an enviable reputation as the best dining place in Adelaide, and his strict dress code implementation is also known throughout the world.
He would undaunted the removal of any disobedient from the room, including one of the Queen\'s tailors.
In another incident, radio superstar and quizmaster Bob Dyer appeared at the dinner party in Polkadot cravat.
\"Do we have a tie, sir ? \"
\"We may
But I don\'t. \"Dell quipped.
So the star, who was named \"the best dressed man for Australian entertainment\" only a year ago, politely and firmly showed people the door.
The hotel not only plays an important role in Adelaide\'s social life, but also plays an important role in community life.
During the disastrous jungle fire season of 1939, the hotel\'s Blue Room was used as a dormitory for tired firefighters, and during World War II it was used as their headquarters by the US Army.
Luisa O\'Brien, a great supporter of charity, serves the hotel to help raise money for the Red Cross, the Combat Forces Comfort Fund and the cheering fundup Society.
In 1948, she won the MBE award for a wide range of charities.
Luisa is in the hotel\'s position every day and can see that she guides the staff to meet the needs of the guests.
In the summer, when guests arrive, she will sit by the window in the foyer and greet them in person.
According to previous staff, she may be rude and acidic, but she always appears considerate and kind to the guests.
Luisa O\'Brien died in December 1957 at her beloved South Australian Hotel and was buried at the North Road Cemetery.
Her daughter Beth has been trained to take over her job, and Lewis continues to be the foreman.
The hotel continued to flourish during the 1960 s, and the highlight of the decade was the Beatles stay in 1964.
In 1971, the \"south\" was acquired by the Ansett transport industry, and anonymous executives living in another city decided to dismantle the landmark to make way for a more modern but strange, not spectacular, \"Gateway hotel \".
Adelaide lost nearly the history of 100 when bulldozers moved in to demolish the walls of the much-loved and admired hotel.
For decades, the South has been the center of Adelaide\'s social life, hosting dozens of stars, celebrities and VIPs, the bride\'s choice for wedding reception, which is well-to-
Doing matrons in the afternoon, important business lunches are favored by industry leaders and members of parliament.
For those who love history and nostalgia, it is still missed until today.
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