This 1958 photo shows the building at 82 Bell St, which was then the premises of Salocon Products, manufacturing engineers. The building remains the premises of businesses today, but I am most impressed by the restoration of the building, and the paintwork detailing the art nouveau window frames.

6562 Fitzroy history - 82 Bell Street

Courtesy of John L. O’Brien Collection, the University of Melbourne image archive collection (UMAIC) / ID: UMA/​I/​6562 / photographer: John L. O’Brien / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1958

82bellst Fitzroy history - 82 Bell Street

Fitzroy history – 82 Bell Street

4 thoughts on “Fitzroy history – 82 Bell Street

  • 20 March 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Does anyone know what they used to hoist up those two large doors on the left of the building?

    • 30 November 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Salocon products Was a joint venture started by my father and uncle Jim. O’Connor & Jack salter shortly after the second world war. My father and uncle when there separate ways after a couple years. My father continued the business of Manley tubular steel furniture, shopping jeeps and garden furniture until the mid sixty’s. From the mid sixties my father became an importer of mainly auto accessory. around the Xmas of 1970 there was a warfies strike lasting several months. all dads goods stood on the docks over Xmas. After Xmas no one wanted the stock and that was the end of Salocon products.
      To answer your question a McPherson steel truck would drive up the lane under the doorway and they would hall the steel strip and tube up to the second floor where they would swing half a ton of steel on the rope winch that you can see hanging from the wooden beam jutting out over the lane way. On more than one occasion the rope broke. To my knowledge on one was ever hurt but it made a mess of the truck below. The rope was wound around a 300mm wooden drum that was rotated by a 1500mm wooden wheel at one end. there was a continuous rope on this wheel which could be pulled from either floor level as it past from the top of the first floor to the bottom floor through two holes in the floor. a couple of men at the truck level would secure the load and start the lift. this would be taken over by a couple of men on the first floor as in neared the upper door opening. There could up to four men on the first floor. Two hold the rope and two pulling the steel in through the upper doorway.
      I think that the times the 30mm Dia rope broke they where probably lifting in excess of 1 ton.
      Hope this helps,

        • 1 December 2014 at 2:18 pm

          Not a problem Brian I am now 71. But I remember well as a small boy when Dad would often take my brother and I to his work on school holidays. On the first floor there where two metal stamping pressers used for cropping the steel strip and punching rivet holes for manufacturing the frames of the shopping jeeps and garden furniture. These two pressers would have been a considerable weight, but they would have been hoisted up through that lane-way door.
          Best regards Jim O’Connor (jnr) (93909594


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