The forgotten photos of The Gravy Spot | Part One

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since The Courier first brought these photos back into the world.

First published in 2017, this gallery became our most popular of all time, as people looked back at the famous old photos of The Gravy Spot.

Now, one year on, we bring them back into your lives once again.

Enjoy!

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During his 16 years of serving some of the city’s most colourful characters, The Gravy Spot’s David Bending has seen it all. 

While the infamous combination of chips, cheese and gravy has always been the primary attraction to the Lydiard Street venue in the wee hours of the morning, it was the addition of an interactive element in 2006 which really helped to develop the eatery’s cult status. 

For almost 10 years the photos which lined The Gravy Spot walls provided plenty of laughs and as customers, often in various states of undress, clamored for a spot in front of the camera. 

SEE THE PHOTOS HERE

Mr Bending said while the creation of the photo wall was initially a clever way of keeping hungry, impatient patrons entertained, it quickly turned into one of the venue’s most identifiable features.   

“While your waiting in the queue and waiting to be served it gave you something to look at, and there was always plenty of interest photos on the wall,’ Mr Bending said. 

WATCH MR BENDING TALK ABOUT THE FAMOUS PHOTOS HERE

In July 2015 Mr Bending made the unexpected decision to open the late night haunt as a sandwich bar during the day, conducting a major refurbishment of the narrow shopfront in the process and in turn removing the photos. 

While these iconic pictures have sat dormant for more than a year now, The Courier has gained access to the collection which documents the colour of a decade of Ballarat nightlife. 

Enjoy our gallery above – we will bring you part two on Sunday evening.