449 Rae Street, Fitzroy North

Initially this site was the home of Mr William Radden, who passed away here in April 1919. Shortly after it became Carowindra Private Hospital run by Nurse Callaghan.

Carowindra private hospital opened in October 1919 (Fitzroy City Press, 4 Oct 1919). It offered medical, surgical and midwifery (Fitzroy City Press, 4 Jun 1920). The hospital appears to have only operated here for a few years.

The house over the next 20 years or so appears to be a boarding house with many adverts for the rooms.

In 1941 the house is the resident of James and Elizabeth Lee. James worked on the Melbourne Tramways until he passed away at this residence on 11 February 1941. (The Herald, 12 Feb 1941)

In 1943 John R Close and his wife Mary Maud Close lived here until she passed on 18 November 1943. (The Age, 20 Nov 1943)

In 1946, Alfred Thomas George and Lillia George lived her until he passed away on 28 April 1946.

Alfred was a former playing member and captain of the Melbourne Football Club and had also played for Essendon. The newspaper described him as “A fine stamp of a young man is Alfred George, who has been chosen by his comrades in the Melbourne team to lead them this season. He is 6ft high and weighs 13st. 10lb. and as he has pace and splendid stamina, he is just the type of player for the solid ruck work, which tests a man’s strength and endurance more than anything else. He throws his body as well as his heart and soul into his work. He is a manly fellow and very popular with his mates. To sum him up, he is, like Belcher (who was captain of Essendon), a strong player with any amount of vigour and determination. It is not easy to lead a team when following the ball as closely as George sticks to it, but in the change of rucks he will be able to keep a shrewd eye on his men from the half back line.” (The Argus, 27 Apr 1912)

He was working at the Victorian Railways Unit, 1st, A.I.F. when he died aged 60 years. (The Age, 29 Apr 1946)

And in 1956, Gilbert Peter Green, late of the 1st A.I.F. passed away here.

I am not sure when the building was removed.

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