St Kilda Pavilion

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St Kilda Pier Kiosk

The St Kilda Pavilion is a historic kiosk located at the end of St Kilda Pier, in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The kiosk was designed by James Charles Morell and built in 1904 by John W. Douglas.[1] The kiosk was proposed and operated by Francis Parer.[2] Until the 1930s the structure was widely known as Parer's Pavilion; however, its actual name was the Austral Refreshment Rooms. In the 1930s it was renamed Kerby's Kiosk. The Kerby family were involved with running the kiosk from 1934 until 1987. Noble and Ivy Kerby acquired the lease from the Victorian Government in 1939.[3] From 1987 until 2003 the kiosk was leased and operated by Joe Sillitoe, then Carmel Grant.[4]

On 11 September 2003 the structure was destroyed in an arson attack.[5]

After massive public support to rebuild the kiosk and the support of Premier Steve Bracks,[6] it was reconstructed to the original 1903 plans, utilising some of the salvaged components, such as the cast iron roof, decorative cresting and weather vane. An additional structure, expanding the capacity was erected directly behind the kiosk and is obscured by the pavilion when viewed from the pier.

The Pavilion is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[7]

The kiosk reopened in March 2006. The site is owned by Parks Victoria and is leased to Peter Tzambazis.[8]



  1. ^ "St. Kilda Improvement. : The Pier". The Prahran Telegraph. XLIV, (2248). Victoria, Australia. 24 September 1904. p. 3. Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ ""BATHERS' PARADISE.: A DECLINED OFFER."". Malvern Standard. 9, (550). Victoria, Australia. 5 October 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.  , ...Mr Francis Parer, of the St. Kilda Pier Pavilion...
  3. ^ "St Kilda Pier & Kiosk". St Kilda Historical Society Inc. 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  5. ^ "St Kilda Pier arsonist jailed". ABC News. 5 November 2004. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Carbone, Suzanne (4 January 2006). "Gone. St Kilda kiosk, after 99 years on the sea". The Age. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "ST KILDA PAVILION". Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Murphy, Mathew (12 September 2003). "Something old is new again in St Kilda". The Age. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 

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Coordinates: 37°51′53″S 144°57′57″E / 37.86472°S 144.96583°E / -37.86472; 144.96583