181-183 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

“The building at 181-183 Gertrude Street, on the north-west corner of Gertrude and George streets, is historically and architecturally significant as a typical but now rare example of modest gold rush-era shop design. The building was developed in a number of stages beginning in 1852, though the earliest existing structure is from 1853. The two-storeyContinue reading “181-183 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy”

Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

In 1837 Robert Hoddle, the colony’s Surveyor General, divided undeveloped paddocks north of the boundary of the Melbourne area into square mile allotments. The government reserved some of the land for the main boundary streets, including Victoria Parade, which was originally called Simpson’s Road, and later Catherine Street, before becoming Victoria Parade (Gertrude Street, JillContinue reading “Victoria Parade, Fitzroy”

Nicholson Street, Fitzroy

In 1837 Robert Hoddle, the colony’s Surveyor General, divided undeveloped paddocks north of the boundary of the Melbourne area into square mile allotments. The government reserved some of the land for the main boundary streets, including Nicholson Street, which was originally called West Government Road, and later Evelyn Street, before becoming Nicholson Street (Gertrude Street,Continue reading “Nicholson Street, Fitzroy”

154 Johnston Street, Fitzroy (Undertakers)

On the corner of Hertford and Johnston Street is the site of the old Henry J R Lewis, Furnishing Undertaker and Certificated Embalmer. His business was established in 1843 by his father Richard Lewis who arrived in Melbourne in 1840 and three years later started the business. Henry J R Lewis was born in FitzroyContinue reading “154 Johnston Street, Fitzroy (Undertakers)”

95-99 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy

There is a bit of debate as to the numbering between 93-95 Westgarth Street, which is the Ice Factory, and 95-99 which was a bacon curing factory at the turn of the century. Messrs. Smith and Sons Advertised as “Ham and bacon curers and small goods manufacturers, recently inaugurated their business at 95-97-99 Westgarth-street, Fitzroy.Continue reading “95-99 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy”