The Lakes Hotel

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The Lakes Hotel is in Rosebery, a suburb of Sydney named after Archibald Phillip Primrose, the fifth Earl of Rosebery, who visited Australia in 1883–84. Rosebery has an interesting mix of commercial, industrial and residential buildings. A large section of it was developed by Richard Stanton (who is better known for the Federation suburb of Haberfield) and until the 1990s it lived up to its reputation as a garden suburb by holding regular garden competitions. Rosebery also had a racetrack where Pharlap trained, and a tram line, which would perhaps go some way to explaining why there is a whole swag of hotels between Redfern and Rosebery which display signage that looks very much like this, with its distinctive asymmetrical O.