Thanks to the many generous supporters of our 2014 public appeal, we have recently made hundreds of never-before-seen historic photographs of Fitzroy and Castlemaine available online.
- Fitzroy, within the borders of Johnston to Gertrude and Smith to Nicholson Streets
(about 780 images)
- Castlemaine, within the borders of Bull to Forest Streets and Kennedy to Urquhart Streets
(about 950 images)
Part of the Committee for Urban Action (CUA) photographic survey, this unique collection of Google street-view style photographs, captures inner-city life in the late 20th-century.
Concerned by the destruction of Victoria’s building heritage, the CUA compiled the collection from 1972 to 1975, with a grant from the Interim Committee of the National Estate, later the Australian Heritage Commission, and a lot of volunteer photographers. It comprises 2,036 reels of negatives, with approximately 70,000 images of towns and suburbs across Victoria.
Before and after: Smith Street, Fitzroy, from Charles Street to Webb Street – west side.
The collection was donated to the Library by Barbara Nevin on behalf of the CUA in 1977, but remained in film rolls, until now. Our 2014 public appeal raised the necessary funds to digitise a selection of streets and buildings in Fitzroy and Castlemaine, making this incredible collection more accessible.
Before and after: Smith Street Fitzroy between Webb and Gertrude Streets – west side.
Before and after: Moor Street, Fitzroy, from Brunswick Street to Kent Street – north side.
The details in these photographs offer a rich record of urban life and form the basis of heritage overlays still used in town planning today. See all of the Fitzroy and Castlemaine photographs in our digital image pool.
Present day photographs: Teagan Glenane