Here’s a then and now view of another old pub – the Napier. It’s a shame the photo is not in colour. It must have looked quite different when the brick walls were unpainted.

2833660 Fitzroy history - the Napier hotel

Courtesy of SLV / ID: H2012.9/296b / photographer: Maggie Diaz / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1960

napierhotel Fitzroy history - the Napier hotel

Fitzroy history – the Napier hotel

3 thoughts on “Fitzroy history – the Napier hotel

  • 14 June 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Another great photo Brian. Any idea of the date? From the cars in the street I’m guessing late 50s/early 60s?

    I doubt they have Lister’s Hospital brandy on the beverage card any more. It is interesting to think what future generations would make of the great pair of Makatron Rhinos on the rear brick wall.

    • 14 June 2013 at 2:50 pm

      The date in the SLV record is 1960. Hospital brandy just doesn’t have much marketing power these days does it? Makes you wonder if it comes in golden staph or medical negligence flavours?

  • 14 June 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Interestingly it was originally pronounced Na – pier . But now most people say Nape – ia . The only source I have for this is someone who grew up in Fitzroy who is in their 70s and yelled at me every time I said I was going to the Nape – ia.


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