Naughtons Hotel throws a birthday bash celebrating 150 years

Brendan Rees

Parkville’s iconic Naughtons Hotel has hosted a grand party in celebration of its remarkable 150-year history.

The October 16 event saw 250 people come together for the milestone occasion, with distinguished guests including Victorian Governor Margaret Gardner and City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

With the pub on Royal Parade serving as a cornerstone of the community since 1873, the party, which was held in conjunction with the residents’ group the Parkville Association, was an unforgettable night filled with nostalgia, excitement and, of course, everyone raising a toast to the much-loved venue.

“We are really here tonight to recognise that places like Naughtons Hotel are very central to connection in our community,” Cr Capp said in a heartfelt speech to guests, adding the Parkville Association was an organisation “that absolutely champions and advocates on important issues for this local community”.

The Parkville Association’s president Rob Moore, a resident since 1978, told guests it was a “very special night”, noting the hotel was a cherished institution that embraced the community spirit.

“This is our local – it’s a special local and without the two of you [the hotel’s joint owners Ryan Moses and his wife Laura] we certainly wouldn’t be anywhere, so thanks so much.”

Mr Moses said the moment his team had arrived at the pub seven years ago, “we felt the warmth and support of everyone here and we truly can’t do it without you”.

Also addressing the crowd was Adrian Reis, the grandson of JB Naughton, who bought the pub in 1924, with the historic building remaining under the ownership of the family until 2006, an association just shy of 100 years.

“This is a hotel really belongs to the local people who support and visit it,” he said. “It belongs to the people of Parkville.” •


Photos by Ajay Viswanath.

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