February 3 - 9, 2019: Issue 392


The Palladium Palm Beach: Dance-Hall, Cafe and Shop

The Palladium circa 1949

The Palladium, Palm Beach, 2019

Palm Beach. — Paladium Building (shops and Offices), Ocean-Road..— Mr. Pike, Strathfield. Brookvale. — Golf Links, Barrenjoey Road. — Mr. Pike, Barrenjoey Road, Strathfield. Brookvale. Kiosk, Pittwater Road.— J . G. Tribolet, Tram Terminus, Narrabeen  ... Buildings and Works Approved (1930, November 26).Construction and Real Estate Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1930 - 1938), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130908566 

This 1932 article shows how the structure was at the beginning of 1932:

Above and below from: Society Colonizes at PALM BEACH (1932, January 3). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230522647 

Just to prove what enthusiasm will do Palm Beach habitues turned out 250 strong in support of, their Life Saving Club dance on Saturday night. Hessian enclosed the verandahs of the Beach Store against the stares of the curious hundreds unable to obtain admittance, as the invitation tickets were limited.

DESPITE the general hilarity, crowded floor, and holiday spirit, however, the lone policeman who patrolled the neighborhood till midnight had what he termed "quite a restful evening." Even the store was completely empty at five minutes after midnight, the floor being cleared punctually at the stroke of 12. Seldom has frocking been so bizarre or so varied even at Palm Beach. In the crowded little store the blare of the saxophone was conspicuous by its absence, or only heard faintly from the rival function at the end of the beach road. A piano provided the music, but the crowded dance floor and the effect of the day's sun and surf made the hundreds of cars parked outside the store a popular rendezvous for the various house parties. 

One lone man, in full evening dress; dozens of dancers in shorts and shirts; still more of the fair sex in beach pyjamas and "long 'uns," with a smattering of sports frocks, tea gowns and formal evening frocks, all added to the kaleidoscopic frocking. 
Miss Nora McAuliffe wore a jaunty ensemble of long white creams, a black and white tunic with narrow shoulder straps, a black and white scarf, and a beret to complete the chic effect.
Mrs. Pat Levy was the only advocate of grey "slacks." Miss Nancy Ruthven wore a nautical pair of white shorts rolled up on her legs, and a sailor's blouse, complete with anchor and wide blue collar. Full evening wear was favored by Miss Gretel Bullmore, who wore a very formal gown of heavy black satin, with matching coatee trimmed with flat white fur. Miss Peggy Bullmore wore a dainty tea gown of brown shaded chiffon, and Miss Mary Bullmore wore an afternoon frock of daffodil georgette.
Topics for Women (1931, December 28).The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 5 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224276270 

Alrema Samuels, a daughter of famous Australian writer Louis Becke, was year round resident at Palm Beach and a huge supporter of the surf club. 

I HAD A NOTE to tell me that the usual shorts and shirts parties — well, at least for the men folk — will be arranged again this year by the Palm Beach Surf Club, and the two dances will be held at the Palladium at this popular colony to-morrow night and New Year's Eve. Mrs Samuels, Rod Brown, Pete Hunter, and Adrian Curlewis are the leading lights behind the plans, and tickets may be procured from all club members at the club. CHRISTMAS 1932 (1932, December 25). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230578167


Three hundred visitors, many of whom motored from Sydney for the occasion, were present at the successful dance held at the Palladium, Palm Beach, last night, to raise funds for the Palm Beach Surf Life-Saving Club. Hosts and hostesses who are entertaining large house-parties took their guests to the dance, adding to the record attendance. Another dance will be held at the Palladium on New Year's Eve, with the same object. Mrs. A. Samuels and Mr. Burford Dawson, who were the hon. secretaries for last nights dance, are also arranging next Saturday's party.  NEAR AND FAR. (1932, December 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16941077

A KIND of farewell to Palm-Beach-night is being held tomorrow at the popular seaside resort. The event is really to raise more money to pay off the debt of the Surf Life Saving Clubhouse, which cost £170 to build. The Christmas and New Year dances realised £125 and the club members are holding the dance tomorrow night with the idea of attracting those people whose house-parties have already broken up, and those for whom the dance may be a final gay flutter — incidentally wiping off the balance of the debt. The Palladium, Palm Beach, will be the ballroom again.  Brevities (1933, January 27). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 6 (CRICKET STUMPS). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article228913632

C.R. Wooden, 28/8/33, applying for permission to erect a Petrol petrol pump in front of "The Palladium" on the ocean beach at Rumps Palm Beach. Resolved, 4 That the Engineer inspect and decide whether permission should be granted. Crs. Hitchcock; Sterland


For selling liquor without a licence at the Palladium, Palm Beach, on November 11, Duncan Osborne, 57, storeman, was fined £30 or 60 days by Mr. Arnott, S.M., in the Metropolitan Licensing Court yesterday. SLY-GROG SOLD AT PALM BEACH (1933, November 21). The Labor Daily (Sydney, NSW : 1924 - 1938), p. 6. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article237909123

He was selling beer.

October 11th, 1938

The SHIRE ENGINEER'S ADDITIONAL Supplementary REPORT was dealt with as follows:- ... 2. Palm Beach Parking Area - Suggesting a vote of £100 for extension of the parking area at Ocean Road in front of The Palladium; Resolved (Crs. Nicholas, Butcher) - That this be referred to the Works Committee.


The Whale Beach Surf Club's social committee will hold a dance at the Palladium, Palm Beach, tonight, to raise funds towards providing the club with a surf-boat. SURF BOAT DANCE (1938, March 5). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 19. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article247470278

October 3rd, 1939

Parking By Cr. Hitchcock - Will you direct that the Police Department be requested to agree to the erection of "No Parking" signs on the western side of Ocean Road between The Palladium and Governor Phillip Park? By Cr. Hitchcock Could the adjustment of the areas of the camping lots on Governor Phillip Park be expedited? 


Trophies won by Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club members last season will be presented at the club's dance, at the Palladium, Palm Beach, tonight. The annual meeting will be held tomorrow, in the public dressing sheds, at 3 p.m. WHALE BEACH SURFERS (1940, October 5). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article247610845

PALM BEACH THE PALLADIUM OCEAN ROAD Shop and Dance Hall - Cafe with small Dwelling at rear. Mortgagee sale. RICHARDSON and WRENCH LTD Auctioneers. Advertising (1943, September 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17862881

August 29th, 1944 - Warringah Shire Council Minutes:  J.E.Milton's proposed alterations at "The Palladium, Palm  Beach, That approval be granted.


(L.s.) F. U. JORDAN, Lieutenant-Governor.

If is hereby notified that Part II of the abovecited Act shall no longer apply to the premises specified in the appended Schedule, as such premises have ceased to be used for public entertainment purposes.

Signed and sealed at Sydney this 10th day of July, 1946.

By His Excellency Command - J.M. Baddeley 



Palm Beach, The Palladium.

THEATERS AND PUBLIC HALLS ACT, 1908-1940.—PROCLAMATION. (1946, July 26). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1695. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224791391 

John Stewart, the famous speedway racer, owned the restaurant in that building back in the 1970s.