In 1883, number 613 is owned by John G Bird and 615 is owned by Joshua Bennett. Both of these are single blocks of land. James Sharpe owns the double block of land from 617-619(Rate Books, 1882-1883). The two houses 617-619 are built in 1884 by James Sharpe (Foreman). They appear in the rate booksContinue reading “617 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North”
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, Victoria Parade, Alexandra Parade and Smith Street. Land for another east-west street was also set aside atContinue reading “Johnston Street, Fitzroy”
This house holds quite an interesting history! From this side of the road you can see the tower of the MacRobertson’s Chocolate Factory which rise up behind these houses, but in 1886 when this row of terrace houses were first built, the factory did not exist, however MacPherson Robertson, owner of the Factory certainly didContinue reading “382 Napier Street, Fitzroy (Clova)”
I haven’t really commenced on the history of Grant Street yet, however was following the trail of Benjamin Woodhead and discovered that he owned these two properties along with the whole corner south of them from the 1860s to 1902 when he passed away. For a long time the area was just land, with theContinue reading “1-3 Grant Street, Fitzroy North”
Originally this pair of houses were numbered 35 and 37 Cecil Street. They were built somewhere in 1867 (the Burchett Index suggests the permit for 2 3 room brick cottages was sought on 30 April 1867) by their owner Benjamin Woodhead who resided at what is now 43 Cecil Street. The houses were recorded asContinue reading “51-53 Cecil Street, Fitzroy”
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