2018 FITZROY HISTORY SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Our Presidents’ Report –Presidents Report 2018
Fitzroy History Society Annual Dinner
will be held on Friday 2 December at 6.30pm for 7pm
at the Fitzroy Arms Hotel
296 Rae Street, North Fitzroy
We urge you to join us in an enjoyable evening and meet members with a mutual interest in local history.
Dinner and drinks at own choice.
FITZROY:FROM THE BOWLING CLUB HOTEL TO THE FITZROY STADIUM
This walk, on 1 May was the FHS contribution to the National Trust Heritage Festival for 2016.
ALWAYS A WELL-LIQUORED SUBURB: A Sunday Survey of Fitzroy’s pubs, grog shops and dives.
On 3 April 2016, Allan Willingham led a walk around Fitzroy looking at licenced premises, past and present, in Fitzroy.
A WALK AROUND MacROBERTSON’S GREAT WHITE CITY
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.
HONOURING FITZROY VOLUNTEERS IN THE GREAT WAR
FHS has a data base of about 3000 volunteers in WWI who have a connection with Fitzroy (go to the WW1 page to view or download this listing).
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.
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF FITZROY: MELBOURNE’S FIRST SUBURB
It is 25 years since this book was published. A celebration and meet the authors was held at:
Bad Frankie’s Bar
141 Greeves Street (near Smith Street corner)
on Sunday 8 March, 2015, 2.30-4.30 pm.
FITZROY RAILWAY WALK
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).
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 addresswas titled “History, History Societies and Preservation in a Neo-Liberal Society”.
A MAN IN HIS TIME
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.
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.
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.