If you look at my header photo, just to right of the spire of Christ Church at the Punt and Toorak Road corner is a medium rise apartment block. It is not easy to see, but it is a white framed brown brick building with a very desirable Toorak Road West address. (it is even harder to see with my new 'leaves on trees' header. Thanks to Fen who fitted it all together) There lived one Pat Murphy and we were his dinner guests one evening. He was a good host but his apartment was chaotic and not the cleanest place either.
Pat was one of the heirs to the Crittendans chain of supermarkets. I can't remember where they all were now, but the Woolworths in Hawksburn was one. I don't know if Pat ever really worked a normal job but he honed his piano skills in his early life.
He played at various gay and straight venues around town, probably best known as a pianist at Pokeys at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda, but also Jocks, later known as Gay Trade Bar in Collingwood. Jocks was formerly a well known up market restaurant called Clichy, opened by Iain Hewitson and Sigmund Jorgenson in 1977.
I came across this scan of a poster posted to the Face Book group Lesbian and Gay Archives. I never knew Pokey's was originally held at the Koala Motor Inn. I wonder if Pat played there? The late Dame M once told me she went to a party there before it was converted into own your own flats. A friend bought one about a decade ago, but he didn't like living there and soon sold. The flats are really only bedsits. His flat was on the tenth floor, which was quite high in the building, so I am thinking the 14th floor may have been at the top and probably where the party was attended by Dame M. The top was turned into a large penthouse.