City Motel aka Jolly Roger

City Motel – aka Jolly Roger Nightclub – in King Street.

Now demolished for residential high-rise. As are most of the buildings in these Street Art galleries.

What a venue – you never felt judged or out of place at the Jolly Roger. In the words of the immortal Victor, the JR’s infamous manager, the venue was Newcastle’s number bloody one nightspot.
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June 2009


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Ever wonder what is behind a fa├žade while the building slowly decays? Well…

June 2009

At this point a local resident and his two puppies emerged from a nearby apartment to ask what Throsby was up to. Throsby explained in the politest terms that he was gathering images of a dying city, both street art (graffiti) and derelict buildings, all of which had a story to tell. Whereupon the resident softened his demeanour and offered to show Throsby around and through the sad former motel, with the introductory exclamation: "Welcome to the Hanoi Hilton!" And in we went.

Below: 20 December 2009

Below: 13 July 2013

20 March 2016 and the ugliness is gone...

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