Izett Street runs southwards from Commercial Road in Prahran. It is a street we are very familiar with and have been so for many years. We can often be seen walking along Izett Street from Commercial Road to the car park or vice versa.
The motor car panel repair business A. W. Hinton has been there for as long as I can recall, in fact signage tells me it has been there since 1890. Obviously it would not have been a sustainable car repair business in 1890. It began its life as a carriage and coach building and repair business and graduated to motor cars as carriages disappeared. There would not be too many small businesses which have survived so long.
While looking for information, I came across this notice from The Argus, 1915. He would be the son of the original owner, and possibly his grandchildren now work in the business.
HINTON-McCONNELL-On the 12th December, 1914, at Commercial road Methodist Church, South Yarra, by the Rev. J. Stafford, Arthur (incomplete)
Tracey, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Hinton, carriage builders, Prahran, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. O'Connell, South (incomplete).
Here is a photo I recently took.
I think it is a fair call on my part to suggest that the original building, below, has not been demolished, only altered. On the right hand side of the above photo older areas can be seen.
You can see another photo here at Picture Victoria.