Sometimes I am surprised when my history photo walks produce results. I read the address of this undated photo and thought it unlikely that the buildings would be intact, but they are. It may not be as old as I first thought – is that an electricity wire running up the wall? Perhaps it is c1910-1920?

18058 Fitzroy history - 18-20 Bell St

Courtesy the Fitzroy local history collection / ID: 18058 / photographer: unknown / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / date unknown

1820bellst Fitzroy history - 18-20 Bell St

Fitzroy history – 18-20 Bell St

3 thoughts on “Fitzroy history – 18-20 Bell St

  • 21 April 2011 at 9:02 am

    Isn’t that fantastic? Yes it does look like electricity to me. It looks like the roof on the little house was originally tin, yes? Or was it just the awning on the verandah? The rather solid timber post fence has gone which is a shame. Might be able to date it via the cobble stones on the street – I wonder when it was upgraded or are there still cobblestones? Might be as late as the 30s…hard to tell from the clothing. It almost looks like a priest sitting in that buggy doesn’t it? Can you see buttons up the front of his jacket?

  • 1 May 2011 at 10:06 am

    I agree! great photo. Interesting aspect is that the woman is in the driving seat as the whip is on her side- would that have been unusual in those days?

  • 1 May 2011 at 12:21 pm

    The bluestone house at #20 is now for sale. It’s situated on the corner of Cremorne St and has a swimming pool. There are 2 bluestone wings and while updated the ambience is very original. Apparently it was formally a house of repentance for ladies of ill repute.


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