Sketching Brunswick Street, Fitzroy: It started with the Belvidere Hotel and the 8 hour day

Nov 13, 2020 | All posts, Drawing Brunswick Street

Fitzroy Library Exhibition 13 Nov 2020 to 31 Jan 2021:  Display Case 1

I began drawing Brunswick Street at the corner of Victoria Parade in January 2019, starting with the three storey building once known as the Belvidere Hotel. It doesn’t seem to have changed much since 1864,, at least on the outside, although I do wonder what those men with top hats were up to! Old news articles suggest scandalous behaviour and it is where union members started their fight for the 8 hour working day.

Browse the gallery below to find out more, and please leave a comment. I would love to hear your stories!

Artwork in display case

77 Victoria Parade to 9 Brunswick Street Fitzroy street fronts. Signed open edition fine art print, Helen Wilding, 2019.

Gallery – local history



  1. This is an exquisite exhibition and deserves a bigger space.

    • Thank you! It has been really fun to be able to stretch out so much of my work in one hallway, but it is only going to grow! I wonder where else it could go?


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