27 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

This is the site of 19-35 Gertrude Street. From “1880 until 1930 Rucker & McKenzie owned the entire block almost to Fitzroy Street. The whole section became the Caltex Service Station in the 1960s and 1970s” Following its demolition a set of office blocks were established and remain today. (Gertrude Street, Fitzroy History Society, p.70)

Google Image – December 2020

I have not been able to locate any photos of the original terrace that stood here, so if you have any photos or of the service station, please let me know.

MMBW Map – 1899 – State Library

The original site was settled in the 1960s. Number 27 housed a mirror manufacturer for 40 years. (Gertrude Street, Fitzroy History Society, p.70)

In 1926, Phillip Chong, Herbalist operated from this site. There were a number of Chinese Herbalists operating in the area. (The Argus, 8 Apr 1926)

The site was part of Hector T Apps Funeral Parlour, from about 1930 (Gertrude Street, Fitzroy History Society, p.70). I have only confirmed this was here from 1941-1945 (The Herald, 20 Dec 1941; The Argus, 20 Apr 1945)

In 1947, Mario Azzola of Lombardy, Italy was living here. He had been in the country for 13 years and was abiding at this address when he applied for naturalisation (The Argus, 11 Aug 1947)

By 1948, the site was being used as a milk bar.

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