Friday, 3 February 2012

WELCOME TO SUNNY FITZROY!

Fitzroy is an inner city suburb of Melbourne, 2 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. It was named after Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy, the Governor of New South Wales from 1846 to 1855. Its borders are Alexandra Parade (north), Victoria Parade (south), Smith Street (east) and Nicholson Street. Fitzroy is Melbourne's smallest suburb in terms of area, being approximately 100 hectares. At the 2006 Census, it had a population of 8,814. Planned as Melbourne's first suburb, it was later also one of the city's first areas to gain municipal status.


It has a long associations with the working class and is currently inhabited by a wide variety of ethnicities and socio-economic groups and is known for a culture of bohemianism, being main home of Melbourne's Fringe Festival. Its commercial heart is Brunswick Street, which is one of Melbourne's major retail, eating, and entertainment strips. It has undergone waves of both urban renewal and gentrification since the 1950s.


In response to past planning practices, much of the suburb is now a historic preservation precinct with many individual buildings and streetscapes covered by Heritage Overlays, its built environment is diverse and features some of the finest examples of Victorian era architecture in Melbourne.


This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme, and also,
the Monday Murals meme.






23 comments:

  1. Such beautiful skies and another wonderful look at another one of your fascinating cities! I love the mural in the first shot and the sculpture of the angel! Marvelous captures for the day, Nick! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great photos! enjoyed the info as well. Love the angel in the sky...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good to see your photos of Fitzroy. Lovely clear shot of the angel, most of us would go past and not notice them up there.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful sky and I also like the mural and architecture a lot.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looks like a nice suburb, and I love the mural. Great shots.

    ReplyDelete
  6. That's a terrific mural. Very Fitzroy. Skies are great too.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The B & W mural is very cool!. The angel is cute too - hope she doesn't jump!

    ReplyDelete
  8. How cool is that mural! The colors of the sky provided a great backdrop of the towering angel!

    P.S. I have tons of mural photos and I will check out that link. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Captured so beautifully! Have a great weekend.

    My Sky watch

    ReplyDelete
  10. What lovely architecture! That mural is amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Very nice street shots.

    Regards and best wishes

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great shots, love the last one!
    Have a great weekend :O)
    Mette

    ReplyDelete
  13. Nice suburb and Great captures!
    Happy weekend.
    Regina

    ReplyDelete
  14. nice day to explore the town. I like that painted wall. :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Fitzroy has so many eclectic flavours of building styles and personalities! Love the perspectives in these photos capturing glimpses of the many faces of Fitzroy!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love this place's various colors, Nick. Beautiful buildings.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Another cool and funky street. I'd love to wander this one.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Fitzroy seems to have a lot of character, old buildings, ethnic population all make for an interesting environment. You've done Fitzroy proud Nick.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Fantastic shots! That mural is amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  20. It seems to be a great place. The houses are lovely and the mural is really cool.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Beautiful views of the city.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Like the art wall very much! Also the house you captured is a real treasure!

    ReplyDelete

Feel free to comment, I'd really like to hear from you!