A Walk Around MacRobertson’s Great White City – 20 September 2015



On 20 September 2015 FHS member Seb Costello led a walk that revealed many of the buildings that had been part of the MacRoberson confectionery and chocolate company. The empire of MacPherson Robertson included at least 17 buildings in Fitzroy. Painted white, they were known as MacRoberson’s Great White City. 

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Honouring Fitzroy Volunteers in The Great War – 24 May 2015



FHS has a data base of about 3,000 volunteers in WWI who have a connection with Fitzroy: WW1 in Fitzroy

On Sunday 24 May there was a walk from the Edinburgh Gardens to the Fitzroy Town Hall, during which the stories of some of these volunteers were  told as we passed their former homes. The walk commenced at the memorial rotunda (bandstand) in the Edinburgh Gardens and ended at the Town Hall where the WW1 Honour Boards and the display in the library were viewed.

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Fitzroy Railway Walk – 22 February 2015


Sunday 22 February 2015, 10am-12noon.
The publication of a self-guided walk of the Inner Circle railway line was launched with a walk of the route,  commencing where the line crosses Nicholson Street (immediately north of Park Street), North Fitzroy (Melway map 30, A11).

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Annual General Meeting – 18 August 2014

At the 2014 Annual General Meeting held on 18 August in the Reading Room of the Fitzroy Library the Guest Speaker was Dr Charles (Chips) Sowerwine. Professor Charles Sowerwine is currently a member of the RHSV Council and editor of History News. His address was titled “History, History Societies and Preservation in a Neo-Liberal Society”.

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A Man in His Time – 27 May 2014

Francis Clark, 1840-1896

Tuesday 27 May, 2014 at 7 pm in the Fitzroy Library Meeting Room.
Alison Hart, a direct descendent of Clark, presented his story

Francis Clark, was a businessman, speculator and Melbourne City Councillor. He built and was the long-time owner of the Devonshire Arms Hotel in Fitzroy Street. The building is now owned by St Vincent’s Hospital. Clark had an interesting life as a colonist for over 50 years.

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National Trust Heritage Festival – 26 April 2014


National Trust Heritage Festival in April 2014
The Fitzroy History Society conducted a walk, Journeying to Fitzroy in 1841 on Saturday 26 April.

Sarah and Richard Bunbury arrived in Melbourne in 1841.
The Fitzroy History Society  conduced a walk from their arrival point on the Yarra River to their new home in Fitzroy. Our retracing of their journey was based on Sarah’s letters held in the State Library of Victoria.

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National Trust Heritage Festival – April 2013


National Trust Heritage Festival, April, 2013

During the National Trust Heritage Festival in April, FHS conducted walks in Gertrude Street.
The social history of the street was expounded by Maria Frendo and Michael Doogan, aided by a cast of actors organised by Rose Chong.

Professor Miles Lewis conducted a walk that looked at the architectural history of the street.
The illustrated handout of his walk can be found on the Walks page of the website.

Photos from the walks are below.

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