I’ve been researching the ancestral home to discover the link between Fitzroy in Melbourne and Fitzrovia in London. The London area known as Fitzrovia (a name invented and acquired in the 1940s) was named after the local Fitzroy Tavern, which was built in the 1880s. Wikipedia says that the tavern was ‘named either directly or indirectly for the Fitzroy family, Dukes of Grafton, who owned much of the land on which Fitzrovia was built.’ One descendant, Charles Augustus FitzRoy, was Governor of New South Wales in 1846-1855 and Fitzroy was named after him. Fitzroy and Fitzrovia should become sister suburbs! It’s a fascinating area with great restaurants and art deco architecture.
London holiday – exploring Fitzrovia