Fitzroy North is a suburb 4 km north-east from Melbourne's
central business district. Its Local Government Area are the
Cities of Yarra and Moreland.
Merri Creek delineates the border between Fitzroy North and
the neighbouring suburb of Northcote. Smith Street and
Queen's Parade form the border with Clifton Hill.
Fitzroy North Post Office opened on 2 February 1874.
Housing stock includes many fine one and two
storey terraces, many dating to the late Victorian period
and including characteristic ironwork, verandahs, and stone
embellishments. This is one of Melbourne's finest, and most
expensive, inner-city locations.John McMahon, twice Mayor of
Fitzroy built firstly in 1886 two townhouses at 53/55 Alfred
Crescent, and then in 1890 a large and impressive mansion at
75 Alfred Crescent. Both were designed by Olaf Nicholson,
the architect. On one side of the crescent, is a large park,
overlooked by John's and other houses called Edinburgh
Gardens, with a famous football oval, bordered by Freeman
Street, Brunswick Street, St Georges Road and Alfred
This park was saved for the people of Fitzroy by
John McMahon when he obtained permanent possession during
his first year of Mayorship. An attempt was made by the
Government of which Mr.Vale was a member, to have a large
portion of it excised for public housing. Mr. McMahon had
Minister Gaunson permanently gazette the land for the
people.John McMahon was also the chairman and founding
president of the Fitzroy Football Club The Brunswick Street
Oval was the home ground until 1967 of the Fitzroy Football
Club playing in the Victorian Football League. A linear
park, incorporating a section of the Capital City Trail bike
path, runs along much of the northern edge of the suburb, on
the easement for the Inner Circle railway line, Melbourne,
which closed in 1948.
Fitzroy North (often called North Fitzroy)
is theoretically joined to Fitzroy, but in reality the two
are as separate as any suburbs in the inner city. They were
always bisected by the width of Alexandra Parade (earlier
Reilly Street), but with the building of the Eastern Freeway
in the 1970s and its connection the Parade, the volume of
traffic became an overwhelming barrier. Fitzroy North is
also distinct in character, with less commercial activity,
wider, quieter, leafier streets, and clear delineation to
the east provided by the green Merri Creek corridor.
Most of Fitzroy North is
single and double storey Victorian and Edwardian housing,
comprising rows of terraces with a mixture of semi-attached
and freestanding houses on small to moderately sized blocks.
Large parts of the suburb are protected by heritage
controls. The suburb is relatively intact and consistent in
character, having had far less industrial and commercial
development in its formative years than its southern
Fitzroy North also has some distinctive apartment complexes,
mostly built within the last 15 years. Another, on St
Georges Road at Park Street, is a redevelopment of the old
Fire Station, with an extension at the back reminiscent of
three concrete grain silos.
The main commercial activity in Fitzroy North
is on Brunswick Street, St Georges Road and the northern
side of Queens Parade, the latter having particularly wide
footpaths for a Melbourne commercial strip. Piedimontes, at
the corner of St Georges Road and Scotchmer Street is a
well-established independent supermarket well-known for its
To get to North Fitzroy from the Melbourne
CBD, you can travel on the
Number 96 tram from Bourke Street, along Nicholson Street or
Number 112 tram from Collins Street, along Brunswick Street
and St Georges Road, or the more "colourful" route on
Number 86 tram from Bourke Street, which travels along Nicholson St, turns at Gertrude
St, turns into Smith St and into Queens Pde.
Alternatively, take the train to Rushall Station, on the
Epping Line. Rushall Station is located on Rushall Crescent,
in the north east of the suburb.
Fitzroy High SchoolThe suburb contains four schools -
Fitzroy High School, Merri Creek Primary, Fitzroy Community
School and North Fitzroy Primary School. North Fitzroy
Primary School has received state media attention for its
canteen's healthy menu. It also has a LOTE program for
Italian language which is undertaken by all students, and
hosts large Italian-related events such as Carnevale.