The hotel remained a playground for wealthy tourists during the 1940s, like the wealthy English businessman who cabled from Hong Kong, to reserve a suite for a week.
The Daily Telegraph reported on September 28, the man had requested a “memorable reunion” for his wife with a menu of hors d’oeuvres, ice, and soda, followed by Tasmanian Cascade or Melbourne beer.
After lunch in the Dining Room, he wanted bowls of flowers, with plenty of violets, roses, and lilies — but no white lilies.
Two bottles of Scotch and a bottle of sparkling hock or burgundy were also to be left in the suite.
“I would greatly appreciate it if you could assist me in making my stay at Mosman, a memorable reunion with my wife. My wife may arrive from Melbourne in the afternoon. My plane is not likely to reach Sydney until after dinner. We would prefer a suite with a double bed and our own bathroom.”
Keating, the Telegraph reported, made assurances to meet all the guests’ requirements.
“My wife will personally supervise the floral decorations,” he said. “I will attend to all the other requests myself. He shall have Scotch, and she shall have roses. Mosman won’t let tourists down.”