Researching my memoir on Trove (online Australian data base), I discovered the following snippets from newspapers in the late 19th century about my former home in Fitzroy, 357 Brunswick Street (Kon’s fish shop – near the corner of Kerr Street).
Attention is directed in our advertising columns to the special stock of Christmas, New Year presents to be seen at Stockton’s Fancy Repository, 357 Brunswick-street (Fitzroy City Press).
At 12 o’Clock.
On the Premises, 357 Brunswick-street, Fitzroy.
CONFECTIONERY and FANCY GOODS.
Shon Fixture?, Counters. Shelving, Glass C&ac?, A all in Excellent Condition, and Nearly New, Fancy and Plain Lolly Show Glasses, Cake a Fruit Stands, 50 Tius Lollies, Biscuit?, Fruit R kets. Cordials, Wines, Tea, Tobacco, Cigars , a Pipes, Scales r.ud Weights, Quantity Fancy Goo< Toys, Jewellery, Perfumery, Glassware and Lot Mcellaneou? Goods. TTOHN .T. DENTIN and Co. are instructed to sell 4>ji public auction, on the premises, as above.
Without any reserve. Terms— ca’
MOGDRIDGE.— On the 18th December, at 357 Bruns-wick-street, Fitzroy, Isabella Rosina, infant daughter of Thos. and Anna Mogdridge, aged 4 months and 3 weeks (The Age).
MOGDRIDGE.—On tbe 1st May, at Brunswick-street, Fitzroy, Thomas John Mogridge, of London, England, aged 47 years, beloved husband of Anna Mogdridge, leaving a widow and seven children to mourn his loss. Respected by all who knew him. Home papers please topy- MOGDRIDGE.—On the 1st May, at his late residence, 357 Brunswick-street, Fitzroy, Mr. Thomas John Mog-dridge, draper, after a long and painful illness, in the 47th yesr of his age (The Age).
That the brick houses, Nos. 357 and 359 Brunswick-street, having been certified to in writing as unfit and unsafe for human occt pation or habitation by the officer of health apipointed by this Board, an order be and is hereby made declaring that the said premises are unfit for human occupation or habitation, … (Fitzroy City Press).
In the photo, the second storey is as it was back in the 1950s, but the ground floor front has been altered – the entrance and door were on the left hand side. Also the metal canopy was rectangle shaped.