I find these historical photos of the pre-tram, pre-car era of Melbourne so enjoyable to look at. This is the corner of Gertrude St and Brunswick St c1866. I had guessed that the little cream coloured section on the first floor of the corner building was a later addition, so it is fascinating to see it was actually an original feature of the building. The National Trust has more information about this row of houses.

pi002898 Fitzroy history - 39-49 Brunswick St

Courtesy of SLV / ID: H646 / photographer: Davies & Co. / copyright: expired – image is in the  public domain / c1866

8780 Fitzroy history - 39-49 Brunswick St

Courtesy of Fitzroy local history collection / ID: 8780 / photographer: Caroline Philipp / copyright: used  under the fair    dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1986

3949brunswickst Fitzroy history - 39-49 Brunswick St

Fitzroy history – 39-49 Brunswick St

3 thoughts on “Fitzroy history – 39-49 Brunswick St

  • 28 January 2017 at 1:33 pm

    The corner of Brunswick & Gertrude St was Dr Percy Bartak’s Surgery.

    My father Dr Gaby Hornstein worked with Percy there from the 60’s until his health saw him work from home in the 90’s.

    As far as I know it’s always been a doctors surgery. A waiting room near the entrance, the first room was Percy’s consulting room and the second Gaby’s room. Round the back toilets and stables.

    I never went upstairs :-)

    • 24 December 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Hello Jon, I am Percy’s daughter Felicity , now aged 79. The building was originally a rooming house . My father rented the several rooms on the ground floor (2 surgeries and a waiting room) from the owner Mrs Talbot after finishing his army service in 1945. In 1946 he bought the building from her. There were old fashioned bathrooms upstairs, with a coin in the slot system for water to be heated in a bath, and a varietyof roooms rented out to tenants upstairs.. He became tired of all the problems involving tenants shortly before he died, and sadly decided to sell it. Next door 100 years earlier was a ‘chemist’ called ‘Brotchie’ and gossip had it that there was an abortionist in number 49 back in the 1800s. I don’t recall any stories about a dentist, but quite likely as there were many rooms.

  • 30 January 2017 at 2:19 pm

    there is an old sign painted next the entrance on Gertrude St that says “teeth stopped” so maybe a dentist was there as well?


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