First published in The Age on September 10, 1958
Fitzroy as It Was 100 Years Ago
The Lord Mayor (Cr. F. W. Thomas) last night described Fitzroy as a "beautiful parkland area, inhabited by the wealthy."
City of Fitzroy’s Coat of Arms and motto.Credit:The Age Archives
Cr. Thomas – speaking at the Fitzroy centenary – was reading from a report written more than 100 years ago.
Cr. Thomas told the gathering of more than 300 that it was not the number of square miles which made a municipality important, but the number of square people.
“And over the years Fitzroy has contained many square people who have done a very remarkable job,” he added.
Cr. Thomas said the first Fitzroy council meeting – in 1858 – had been held in the Royal Exchange Hotel.
Early in the city council’s history, a certain mayor used to adjourn with the party to the Royal Hotel.
The owner was an aspiring councillor, and put on a very good spread. Needless to say, he was elected.
“Of course, things haven’t changed much,” Cr. Thomas added amidst laughter.
Cr. Thomas later unveiled a bronze plaque, to be hung in the Fitzroy council chamber, to perpetuate the memory of the local pioneers.
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