I love the illustration for the Gibaud & Sons brush manufacturing business that was located on the corner of Victoria St and Young St. The factory looks enormous! It is disingenuous as the people are far smaller in scale than the building. It makes for good commercial propaganda. Back in the day it was important to be seen belching fumes into the atmosphere, so an active chimney was a status symbol. The Picture Victoria sites says that Gibaud & Sons were established in London in 1862 and came to Victoria in 1876.

brushfactorydrawing Fitzroy history - brush factory on the corner of Victoria and Young streets

Courtesy of Fitzroy local history collection / ID: 10138 / illustrator: unknown / copyright: expired – image is in the public domain / published c1905, creation date unknown

The factory itself still stands and is the offices of several businesses. A visit to the site shows a rather more modest sized building.

brushfactory Fitzroy history - brush factory on the corner of Victoria and Young streets

Fitzroy history – brush factory on the corner of Victoria and Young streets

5 thoughts on “Fitzroy history – brush factory on the corner of Victoria and Young streets

  • 26 April 2013 at 12:52 pm
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    My father, Cliff Lancaster, worked at Gibaud’s for over 30 years as a Brush and Broom maker. There was a family connection as a Lancaster aunt married a Gibaud. I have fond memories of my Dad throwing money down to me to buy hot chips while I waited for a ride home to Alphington. Jeannette Brown.

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  • 14 October 2014 at 12:05 am
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    I am the great granddaughter of peter James Gibaud snr, my Grand father was Peter James Gibaud jr. My Father Pierre James Gibaud never really spoke about the factory and why it closed, I would be very interested if anyone has any information

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    • 15 October 2014 at 5:08 pm
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      My father Cliff Lancaster worked at Gibauds over 40 years. I knew Geoff quite well as we went dancing at the Heidelberg Townhall. I remember Peter your grandfather quite well as I was at school at University High and often waited at Gibauds for a ride home.
      I would love to know any news of Geoff please.

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      • 17 October 2014 at 2:08 am
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        Hi Netty , I didn’t know very many members of my family, as my parents had me later in life and most of my relatives had passed on or my Father lost contact with. I gather that Geoff would be an uncle or cousin?. My sister has a lot of information on the family I will ask her if she can find out. I would love to talk to you and find out more, maybe I could send you my number. Thanks for the reply……Michele

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        • 17 October 2014 at 2:06 pm
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          Hi Michele
          I’d love to hear more.
          My email is nettystu@gmail.com
          We can swap contact info.
          Look forward to hearing from you.
          Cheers
          Netty

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