The former Dr Samuel Peacock's surgery & residence at 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy was built in the 1880s and designed by architect Olive (Olaff) Nicholson.
The property was Dr. Peacock's residence and surgery and became a private hospital c1904.
From 1924 onwards, various businesses have called this building home and as a result the ground floor has been substantially altered.
Dr Samuel Peacock was the subject of a sensational series of trials in the early twentieth century. Having left Fitzroy in 1900 and starting a practice in Eastbourne House, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, he was charged with the murder of 27-year-old Mary Davies when she entered Peacock’s hospital in August 1911.
It was alleged that he performed a then illegal abortion on Davies, that she died shortly after and that he disposed of her body.
Peacock was acquitted after three trials.
He then brought contempt of court proceedings against the editors and the publishers of The Age, The Argus and The Herald. Most of them were found guilty and they appealed to the High Court, which dismissed their appeals in March 1912.
These days the building is occupied by George’s Bar on the ground floor and private residences upstairs.
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