July 14, 2013

The Paragon Café in Katoomba - Talk by Ian Jack

Thursday 25 July 2013
Talk by Ian Jack
The Paragon Café in Katoomba: its social, aesthetic and industrial heritage

Greek cafes of the 1920s and 1930s have a special place in Australian social history and occupy a distinctive heritage niche. The Paragon in Katoomba is the apotheosis of the Greek cafe, still flourishing after ninety years, still renowned for its chocolates and its ambience.  But there is more to the Paragon than most people have seen: two spectacular function rooms behind the public cafe and the industrial zone upstairs, with its bakery, chocolaterie, dumb waiter and original equipment.

Ian Jack has been interested in the Paragon since he supervised the heritage assessment twelve years ago and is strongly supportive of the efforts of the present tenant, Robyn Parker, to conserve its heritage values.  Ian has retired from the Department of History at the University of Sydney and is a past President of both ASHET and the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Time: 5.30 for 6 pm
Cost; Includes light refreshments on arrival; RAHS and ASHET members $10, others $12
Bookings: phone RAHS on (02) 9247 8001 or email history@rahs.org.au

David Craddock
Secretary ASHET

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