125 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy (Rangitoto Cottage)

This cottage has a very interesting name, Rangitoto means ‘Sky Blood’ and is the name of an island in New Zealand. I am fascinated to do more research on these cottages.

Google Image Jul 2019 – Image of 123 and 125 Westgarth Steet


In the late 1830s the land of Fitzroy was subdivided into 12 sections. Section 85 which was mostly swamp, was the last to be subdivided. In 1876, a plan for the subdivision of the block bordered by Cecil St (N), Young St (W), Westgarth St (S) and Napier St (E) – which was land owned by J M Smith was created.

While the original plan had 7 dwellings on this site (lots 5-11), only 6 houses were built, each as a pair with only one party wall between the pair. It is a shame that this one does not have its name anymore.

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Section of the 1876 Plan of Subdivision of part of section 85 Parish of Jika Jika Fitzroy, 1876 – State Library
Committee for Urban Action (between 1970-1974) – Identifier CUAFY6/7 – State Library

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