Palace of Dreams

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Palace of Dreams
Based onidea by Sandra Levy
Written byDenny Lawrence
John Misto
John Upton
Ian David
Deb Oswald
Marc Rosenberg
Directed byDenny Lawrence
Geoffrey Nottage
Graham Thorburn
David Goldie
Riccardo Pellizzeri
StarringHenri Szeps
Linda Cropper
Theme music composerChris Neal
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes10 x 1 hour
ProducerSandra Levy
Original networkABC
Original release6 June 1985 (1985-06-06)

Palace of Dreams is a 1985 Australian fictional mini series about a Jewish family running a hotel in working class inner city of Sydney in the 1930s.[1] Sandra Levy conceived and produced the series, based on her experience of living in a similar hotel run by her Russian Jewish mother during the Great Depression. The main set of the series is Dundee Palace (formerly the Olympic Hotel), on the corner of Regent Street and Moore Park Road, Paddington).[2] It was advertised in newspapers of the time as 'A story of belonging'.[3] It included historical events such as the popularity of Donald Bradman and aviation achievements of Bert Hinkler and Charles Kingsford Smith. It also showed archival footage of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.[4]

The Fryer Library at the University of Queensland holds the show's manuscripts in the Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts.[5]


The series is based on a hotel owned by the Russian Jewish emigrant family, the Mendels. Parents Chana and Mick Mendel live at the hotel with grandfather, and children Joseph, Ruth and Miriam. Writer Tom Raynor (Michael O'Neill) moves from the family farm and grows close to the Mendel family.

Cast and crew[edit]

Actor Character
Henri Szeps Mick Mendel
Michael O'Neill Tom Raynor
Deidre Rubenstein Chana Mendel
Linda Cropper Miriam Mendel
Susie Lindeman Ruth Mendel
Durand Sinclair Joseph Mendel

Episode writers[edit]

# Time period Writers
1 February - March 1931 Ian David and Denny Lawrence
2 April - May 1931 John Upton
3 May - June 1931 John Misto
4 July - August 1931 Ian David
5 September - October 1931 John Upton
6 November 1931 Debra Oswald
7 December 1931 Debra Oswald
8 December 1931 - January 1932 Marc Rosenberg
9 February - March 1932 Marc Rosenberg
10 March - May 1932 John Misto[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 1985, the show was a winner in the annual Television Society of Australia Penguin awards.[6] In 1986, Deirdre Rubenstein won best actress for her role in the show.[7]


  1. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p221
  2. ^ "The best weekend". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 16 June 1985. p. 102. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Advertising". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 4 June 1985. p. 5. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  4. ^ Ferrington, Andrew (3 June 1985). "Palace of DREAMS". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). p. 23. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Palace of dreams - Fryer Manuscripts". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Gillies the leading Penguin winner". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 16 November 1985. p. 3. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  7. ^ "From the cutting room floor: November 1986 Filmnews". Filmnews (Sydney, NSW : 1975 - 1995). 1 November 1986. p. 4. Retrieved 30 December 2020.

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