4 Reid Street, Fitzroy North

Paddle Bros. came to Reid St in 1906 in a major expansion and built a two story factory. (Yarra Past Port)

Google image – April 2021

This 1948 photo shows the addition of a third level to meet the production boom of post war (WW 1) Australia. The extension was completed in 1922 and followed a successful export of shoes to England in 1919 and 1921. This site remained the firm’s main production centre until the start of the 1970’s when the State Housing Commission attempted to create high rise housing in the area. Production moved to the newer factories at Ballarat and Mornington.” (Yarra Past Port – Neil Paddle)

Paddle Brothers Boot and Shoe Manufactures 4 Reid Street North Fitzroy – Image from Fitzroy Library

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