177 Dryburgh Street

177 Dryburgh Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Also known as The Shakespere Hotel [11) 1862- 1986/7, renamed Oasis Oz 1987
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Look down to The Shakespere Hotel [11) 1862- 1986/7, renamed Oasis Oz 1987-

George Knight was the first licensee of The Shakespere, a stone building of 10 rooms, bar, kitchen and stables. In 1865, William Ryan, who had been the first licensee of the Rose of Hotham, moved here and the Shakespere had, Ryans as licensees until 1910. As far as the name Shakespere or Shakespeare is concerned, William Shakespeare has been identified as using several different spellings of his own name.

As well as being a pub, the Oasis Oz has in more recent times played an important role as a high-turnover drive-in bottle shop.

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In the 1930’s, this was Hannaford’s, a ham and beef shop usually retained for retail user but being remodelled at the time of publication.

Hannafords was at the centre of a small and very local community. Nancy Maclntosh (who has lived nearby in the same house since c.1934) remembers that as a child, she was often sent out to buy small amounts of butter from Hannaford’s. Whether that was because the family could not afford more or because they had a Coolgardie safe and not an ice-chest or a fridge, she does not know.

Historic Pubs of North Melbourne by Hotham History Project.

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