Four years before Fitzroy was proclaimed a municipal area separate from Melbourne in 1858, creating Melbourne’s first suburb, the structure of the area was already well established in terms of its current boundaries. Streets as far north as Westgarth St and Leicester St are clearly defined, and the perimeter streets of Brunswick St, Smith St (here continuing to become Heidelberg Rd), Victoria Parade and Reilly St (which is now Alexandra Parade) are all evident. Below is a detail from a map published in 1854. Click on the link to view the original (you can zoom in and pan over the map).

map1854 Fitzroy history - map c1854

Courtesy of NLA collection / ID: nla.map-rm1303 / creator: Thomas Ham / copyright: expired – image is in the public domain / c1854

Fitzroy history – map c1854

One thought on “Fitzroy history – map c1854

  • 11 February 2009 at 1:24 pm
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    Ha! I like the way that Gertrude Street appears as “Rude str”. Kind of appropriate, considering her history.

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