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Monday, March 21, 2016

Rear view of Southern Aurora, near Dandenong Railway Station, undated photo (1960s?)

Southern Aurora Hotel Motel (‘K’s Dandenong Hotel P/L.), it's owners were Mr and Mrs Karnhauser. Built on railway property the hotel adopted a name, which was synonymous with the railways' (Southern Aurora express). It was believed to be the first privately owned, licensed premises, with residential accommodation to be built on railway property and was next to the Dandenong Station

The original Lounge and Function rooms had the names Observation Lounge, Pullman Grill, Club Car Lounge, Tunnel Room and Express Bar.

Nearby Kayes Lane is named after the former owners of Southern Aurora. It was demolished during the 1990's, the space is now part of the bus interchange and car parking adjacent.

Image supplied by: Brad Farrell

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