From the arrival of Peter Gras-y-Fort and through the connection of Esteban Parer, many Spaniards arrived in Victoria. They settled around Melbourne and integrated into the Australian society. Most of them worked in the hotel business, tomato markets, the fishing industry or cork importing. They got involved in sports events, politics and the public sphere. Little by little, their presence in Melbourne was significant, a footprint that is still visible nowadays.
Do you want to go for a walk along the streets of Melbourne and see what we find? Do you recognise any of these places? Melbourne has changed lots during the last century... Is there still any Catalan imprint in these places?
Take a camera and find out! Show us the Catalan Melbourne nowadays! Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Show us the Catalan Melbourne now and then!
305-307 Bourke Street, Melbourne
292 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Royal Mail Hotel
Corner of Swanston Street and Bourke Street, Melbourne
Duke de la Victoria
212 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Parer’s Crystal Cafe and Hotel
It was a common for Catalans arriving in Melbourne between 1860s-1920s to work in one of the Parer Family’s many hotels or restaurants
John Bull Tavern
Little Collins Street, Melbourne
London Tavern Hotel
99 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
255 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Hosies Hotel & Café
1 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Casal Catala de Victoria
247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Established in 1986, the Casal Catala has been based at Ross House in Central Melbourne since 1988.
Keilor Market Gardens
Mercedes Street, Barcelona Street and Girona Street
Catalan families (Borrell, Senserrick, Vert and Quertero) ran market gardens in Keilor from the 1920s.
703 Nicholson Street, North Carlton
Michael Canals moved his fish shopf rom Johnson Street to this site in Calton in 1931. His grandsons still operate the business.
Restaurant at the Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
31 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Built by the Parer Family in 1881
Former site of the Mercy Hospital for Women
Clarendon Street, East Melbourne
Dr Inez Parer (1896-1982), daughter of John Parer, helped establish the Mercy Hospital for Women.
Crosses the Yarra River at Anderson Street
Sir Stephen Morell, Lord Mayor of Melbourne 1926-1928
St Kilda Pier Pavilion
Jacka Boulevarde, St Kilda
Original pavilion built by Frances Parer (1860-1925) in 1904. The original pavilion was destroyed by fire in 2003 and rebuilt/restored in 2006.
Gras y Fort Family Home
142 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury
Parer Family Estate
Around Clota Avenue, Box Hill
This land was owned by the Parer Family and used as market gardens. The land was subdivided and sold for housing in 1923.