John O’Brien’s historical photos of Fitzroy –



 A wonderful array of  photographs from the collection of buildings in Fitzroy, Victoria.

John Lockyer O’Brien (1905–1965) was an historian at the University. His collection of about 4,000 photographs was taken in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Many of them capture the architecture and streetscapes of inner-city Melbourne when the area was in transition between its then 19th century topography and working-class status prior to large-scale demolitions to made way for the construction of the Housing Commission high-rise blocks, and middle-class migration back to the inner-city and subsequent renovation and gentrification of its housing. He was also interested in the early architecture of country Victoria and photographed 19th century homesteads, hotels, churches, banks, railway stations, as well as humbler buildings. He and his wife Laurie owned and resided in a double-storey Georgian-style bluestone house in Hanover Street, Fitzroy.


A link to the site is below–Photographs–Photographic+prints


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A community site of the houses of Fitzroy

An exploration into the history of Fitzroy, curated by a Fitzroy local and FHS committee member – Rachel Axton. 

This is a community site, centred on contributing and working together to build a history.

Please feel free to send Rachel Axton  ()  information and photos you have on your house or houses in the area.


See link below — >

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North Fitzroy’s new and free community newspaper – The Rotunda.


Welcome to the first two issues of your free community newspaper, The Rotunda. Throughout Covid, we have all depended more on our own neighbourhoods. Lockdown put the emphasis back onto village life – seeking and finding everything we need in close proximity to home. 

North Fitzroy has always had a great sense of community, but has never had a newspaper to grow, record and celebrate it. Hence this initiative. It’s been created by a North Fitzroy resident – a  first year university student who has decided to give it a go.   

Links to the first two issues are below.  

The Rotunda Issue 1

The Rotunda Issue 2

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The Fitzroy History Society 2021 Annual General Meeting. ***This TUESDAY night*** 6pm, Dec 7.


The Fitzroy History Society 2021 Annual General Meeting –  Tuesday 7 December.

We are holding our AGM on Tuesday 7 December starting at 6 pm.

The venue is  the The Rose Fitzroy ( Hotel )  at 406  Napier Street.

Aside from presentations by FHS, we are pleased to advise that our guest speaker will be Julie Cliff.

Following the AGM, those who wish to stay may like to join us for our annual dinner at the same venue.



Life and Death at Charles Street, Fitzroy, in the 1870s

A talk by Dr Julie Cliff, AO

Meeting will be held at The Rose Fitzroy (Hotel) 406 Napier St, Fitzroy.  Start time is 6pm.

Julie Cliff has a family history which extends back to Charles Street, Fitzroy, in the 1870s.  Her talk will commence from the family home just 150m south from the Town Hall Reading Room. Julie will explain her discoveries about life and death issues in the nineteenth century, with attention to infectious diseases, and an interesting sequel in the 1940s. She will draw on her life experience in Public Health and Epidemiology on a global scale.

JULIE CLIFF: Julie graduated MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 1967 and has London postgraduate qualifications in internal medicine, tropical medicine and community health. For almost forty years now, she has lived and worked in Mozambique, helping to build both the health system and its medical workforce.  Julie Cliff has also made important contributions to the establishment and development of the Mozambique health system as a physician and epidemiologist at Maputo Central Hospital and with the Ministry of Health, and as a professor in community health at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. Since her arrival in Mozambique, the medical workforce has increased more than tenfold; over a thirty year period most doctors were taught by Julie Cliff.

International recognition for her achievements in epidemiology and public health is widespread. She was an International Epidemiologic Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA, and has given the Annual Pumphandle Lecture to the John Snow Society in London. In 1996, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University, and an Honorary Doctor of Medical Science from University of Melbourne.

 More details -= > FHS 2021 AGM Julie Cliff



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