History Around the 86

229 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

History Around the 86

229 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Staff Pick
19 m
1.31 km
Easy

Summary

Explore the history of Fitzroy and Collingwood, looking to several local landmarks and places of interest.

History Around the 86

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Description

History Around the 86 is a walk that examines the past of Fitzroy and Collingwood, with particular focus on the experiences of Indigenous and migrant peoples. How has the area changed through its history? What effects has gentrification had upon its inhabitants? How does it welcome newcomers today?

For further information on each point of interest please follow the attached links.

Over a short and easy walk you will be offered a glimpse into the multifaceted life of one of Melbourne's most interesting locales.

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Points of Interest

1. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

Visited by Muhammad Ali in 1979 when he wished to meet local Aboriginals of Melbourne, this site was of great importance to the community of Fitzroy and Collingwood, offering free medical aid.

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2. The Social Studio

The Social Studio is a non-profit organisation seeking to help young Australians from refugee and migrant households. Through their clothes shop, cafe, and education facilities they aid local youths.

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3. National Australia Bank Building

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Smith Street was a commercial and retail centre of Melbourne. After the construction of the Bourke Street Mall both businesses and shoppers left the area.

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4. Lucas Grogan Mural House

This stunning blue and white mural by Lucas Grogan pays tribute to the Indigenous heritage of Fitzroy. However, the work adorns a luxurious home, bringing to mind local concerns over gentrification.

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5. Condell Growers and Sharers

To strengthen the ties of the area, a community garden was created in 2015. Here locals are able to grow vegetables and herbs in a shared space.

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