When the mural facing Whitlam Place (the small park on the corner of Moor and Napier streets opposite the Fitzroy Town Hall and the Napier hotel) was recently painted over in lurid yellow with the Whitlam election campaign phrase ‘it’s time’, it was initially interpreted as simply a political statement, perhaps with reference to the forthcoming state election.

When he died a few days later it took on a different context. Eventually, it became clear that it was merely advertising for the new apartment building that will rise from the shell of the ugly concrete offices north of the park. Someone had the good taste to rip away much of the canvas banner promoting the development.

Took this photo of the new yellow wall at Whitlam Place #fitzroy yesterday. RIP Gough

A photo posted by Karen Phelan (@kazphelan) on

it’s time

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