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Catalan Melbourne

Parer´s hotels list

Walking through Melbourne you can discover many Catalan places. Shall we go for a walk?

From the arrival of Peter Gras-y-Fort and through the connection of Esteban Parer, many Spaniards arrived in Victoria. They settled around Melbourne and integrated into the Australian society. Most of them worked in the hotel business, tomato markets, the fishing industry or cork importing. They got involved in sports events, politics and the public sphere. Little by little, their presence in Melbourne was significant, a footprint that is still visible nowadays.

Do you want to go for a walk along the streets of Melbourne and see what we find? Do you recognise any of these places? Melbourne has changed lots during the last century... Is there still any Catalan imprint in these places?

Take a camera and find out! Show us the Catalan Melbourne nowadays! Send your photos to Show us the Catalan Melbourne now and then! 


Rubira’s Cafe

305-307 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Albion Hotel

292 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Royal Mail Hotel

Corner of Swanston Street and Bourke Street, Melbourne


Duke de la Victoria

212 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Parer’s Crystal Cafe and Hotel

200 Bourke Street, Melbourne

It was a common for Catalans arriving in Melbourne between 1860s-1920s to work in one of the Parer Family’s many hotels or restaurants


John Bull Tavern

Little Collins Street, Melbourne


London Tavern Hotel

99 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne


Exchange Hotel

255 Little Collins Street, Melbourne


Hosies Hotel & Café

1 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne


Casal Catala de Victoria

247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Established in 1986, the Casal Catala has been based at Ross House in Central Melbourne since 1988.


Keilor Market Gardens

Mercedes Street, Barcelona Street and Girona Street

Catalan families (Borrell, Senserrick, Vert and Quertero) ran market gardens in Keilor from the 1920s.


Canals Seafood

703 Nicholson Street, North Carlton

Michael Canals moved his fish shopf rom Johnson Street to this site in Calton in 1931. His grandsons still operate the business.


Restaurant at the Royal Exhibition Building

9 Nicholson Street, Carlton


Barcelona Terrace

31 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Built by the Parer Family in 1881


Former site of the Mercy Hospital for Women

Clarendon Street, East Melbourne

Dr Inez Parer (1896-1982), daughter of John Parer, helped establish the Mercy Hospital for Women.


Morell Bridge

Crosses the Yarra River at Anderson Street

Sir Stephen Morell, Lord Mayor of Melbourne 1926-1928


St Kilda Pier Pavilion

Jacka Boulevarde, St Kilda

Original pavilion built by Frances Parer (1860-1925) in 1904. The original pavilion was destroyed by fire in 2003 and rebuilt/restored in 2006.


Gras y Fort Family Home

142 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury


Parer Family Estate

Around Clota Avenue, Box Hill

This land was owned by the Parer Family and used as market gardens. The land was subdivided and sold for housing in 1923.