107 Hawke Street

107 Hawke Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
source: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

Also known as Bute-house, a two story brick and bluestone Victorian family home.
Previous Address
Constructed 1868
Style Early twenty first century 2000-2030
Architect William J Ellis
Builder Mr. F. J. Tadgell of 23 Provost Street North Melbourne

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Land Details

Building Details

From 1862 until 1868 one William J. Ellis (perhaps a son) had a successful architectural partnership in Melbourne with J.E. Austin, two of their larger commissions being for the Royal Albert Mechanics Institute and the Post and Telegraph offices in East Collingwood (1866-67).

They mainly built houses, shops and hotels. This Ellis had his own practice from 1868 until the 1880s. His best-known surviving work is the original wing of the Fitzroy Town Hall, a temple form with a Corinthian portico.


Subsequent Building Alterations

Around 2011 the current block of 27 flats were constructed on this site.

Under S18 and S18A of the Sudbdivision Act 1988 and previous Acts, Council may require a contribution of land and/or money to be paid.

    The contribution type is Money, the contribution is 3.5% and the amount of $58,800 was paid on 2 Aug 2011.
    The status is Paid/Satisfied.

    The application number is TP-2011-150.
    Certification number is SA-2011-19, 101-107 Hawke Street, WEST MELBOURNE VIC 3003.


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Social History

The original 1868 Victorian terrace named Bute-house identified as a brick house of 6 rooms from the council rates book was located at number 107 Hawke Street West Melbourne was first owned by William and Agnes Mather née Tschentscher.

council rates book



Seven years later in the 1876 council rates book shows Bute-house’s new owners were Collier M’Cracken and Margaret M’Cracken née Robinson of M’Cracken’s City Brewery, Melbourne.

VPRS 5708/ volume 15, record 1514



McCracken’s City Brewery founded in 1851 on Collins Street, Melbourne, operated until 1907 when it became part of Carlton & United Breweries.
McCracken’s was the second largest and the oldest of the six independent breweries that formed Carlton & United Breweries.
A laneway named after the brewery still exists in Melbourne CBD today, alongside where the brewery once was.

Later the home was owned by David Herd and Jessie Herd née Birrell.

Melbourne council rate book, 1893, rate number 653, house number 107




Context and Streetscape

This property resides within the municipality of the City of Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge it is on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation.
source: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/history-city-of-melbourne.pdf
historical map source: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/search-discover/explore-collections-format/maps/maps-melbourne-city-suburbs


This streetscape between Spencer and Adderley Streets contains a mixture of Victorian buildings as well as modern buildings. The terrace homes further along this street on both sides are particularly well preserved groups from a similar period or style and because they are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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