This 1905 photo shows the impressive Aberdeen hotel on the corner of St George’s Rd and Holden St in North Fitzroy. In 1895 someone broke in and stole whiskey, brandy, schnapps and 2000 cigars! Must have been a posh place. It’s now mostly apartments.

9649 Fitzroy history - from hotel to apartments

Courtesy the Fitzroy local history collection / ID: 9649 / photographer: unknown / copyright: expired – image is in the public domain / c1905

aberdeenhotel Fitzroy history - from hotel to apartments

Fitzroy history – from hotel to apartments

7 thoughts on “Fitzroy history – from hotel to apartments

  • 24 February 2011 at 2:53 pm
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    in the late 80’s this was called the loaded dog, and it was incredibly popular, though it was set up more as a nightclub. The locals hated it, and lobbied hard for noise & parking restrictions. From memory, there were lots of licence breaches too with underage drinking

    In the end it closed down (and got turned into apartments )

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    • 30 March 2013 at 11:45 am
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      I remember it well. The Running Bears used to play there in the late 80’s. I spent many a night jumping up and down then getting a hot dog next door on the way home.
      It rates as one of my best experiences and loved the time I lived on Melbourne.
      Roland

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  • 24 February 2011 at 3:39 pm
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    2000 cigars my arse, there can’t have been more than a hundred and mere cheroots at that

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  • 26 February 2011 at 10:55 am
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    Thanks David, I couldn’t remember it’s 80’s name, but I do remember having to walk on the opposite side of the road on a saturday night to avoid the huge crowds. I may be wrong, but I think it was one of the first of inner Melbournes pubs to offer a huge range of international beers on tap.

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  • 30 March 2013 at 11:46 am
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    I still have the Loaded dog T shirt after all this time

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  • 31 July 2016 at 3:34 pm
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    It was known as the ‘Circuit’ just before it closed in 98′ I think, it was totally underage then too. A really nice building.

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  • 28 November 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    Still got the original chalk board sign from when it closed down

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