Fairfield City Open Libraries: Heritage Blog

Sid’s Christmas Card and Menu

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Collection of souvenir menus from Sid’s Restaurant at Carramar from the 1950s and 1960s.

Sid’s Restaurant was something of a local landmark from the 1950s to 1970s, located at the Carapark Motel, Lansdowne Bridge on the Hume Highway at Carramar. Host Siegmund Schweizer (Sid) ran his restaurant as a high class establishment, as these various souvenir menus attest to. Sid’s catered for complimentary dinners, private parties, the popular annual Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners, as well as fine lunches and dinners for motel patrons. Many of the menus feature historical information on the adjacent colonial landmark, Lansdowne Bridge, designd by David Lennox.

The menus are historically and socially significant souvenirs from one of Fairfield’s fine dining establishments. The Christmas menus in particular are aesthetically interesting, with their changing depictions of Christmas imagery. The menus possess excellent research and interpretive potential, providing insight into the types of food and beverages that were popular, and the social conditions that prevailed, during the 1950s and 1960s.

 

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