Former Union Bank, constructed in 1887 to the design of architects Inskip and Robertson. An excellent example of an intact boom style, high Victorian bank. In this top photo the bank is on the left of the image and in the once below that, you can see it also just in the very left behind the balcony.
Smith Street decorated for Queen Victoria’s jubilee – A large trellised archway has been built right across the road from Foy and Gibson’s drapers on the left (Collingwood) side to the shop on the right (Fitzroy) side. The archway is decorated with various banners and the huge numbers 1837 – 1897 denoting the fifty years of Victoria’s reign. There are people standing on top of the arch and the street is lined with people, horse-drawn cabs and carts. On the right is the office of The Observer, the principal newspaper of the Collingwood and Fitzroy district for many years. Content of image: Smith Street Address: Smith Street roads and streets streets – smith street – Queen Victoria’s jubilee – 1897. Yarra Libraries
Post card of Smith Street – Shows Foy and Gibson’s at the time of their summer fair. The shot is angled so that more can be seen of the Fitzroy side of Smith Street, including the Union Bank of Australia. A number of larrikins stand on the road, gawping about, while ladies in elaborate Edwardian hats walk along the paths or travel in a cable tram. Several covered carriages wait outside Foy and Gibson’s. Content of image: Foy and Gibson ; Smith Street Source of image: Royal Historical Society of Victoria Address: Smith Street streets – smith street – Image held by Royal Historical Society of Victoria c.1906-1911
Postcard of Smith Street showing Treadway’s at number 154, Foy and Gibson, and Mac’s draper in the distance at number 108. The Foy and Gibson shop on the Fitzroy side can also be seen, along with two banks. On the street are a cable tram and several carriages, while women in large hats proceed along the footpath. Content of image: Foy and Gibson ; Treadway, J. F. ; Smith Street Source of image: Royal Historical Society Address: Smith Street streets – smith street Image held by Royal Historical Society of Victoria c.1910-1914
Postcard looking north along Smith Street with Foy and Gibson on the right and several banks on the left (Fitzroy). A Spencer Street cable tram travels in one direction and a Clifton Hill one in the other Content of image: Foy and Gibson ; Smith Street Address: Smith Street streets – smith street C. 1906-1918. Postcard
The Above photo only just shows the bank on the far left, you can see the first building, then behind it is the part of the Bank with the rounded windows following the square set windows.
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