120 Capel Street

120 Capel Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher
Also known as
Previous Address 120 was also known as 16 Capel Street, Hotham before street renumbering. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Constructed
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

1960-1980 Capel Street east between Victoria and Queensberry Streets, North Melbourne.

Previously know as 16 Capel Street, Hotham.

source: North Melbourne Library, photographer Karl Halla

Land Details

  1. Current map
  2. 1895 MMBW map
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  4. 1859 report of the Government Land Sale

Building Details

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Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. Stephen Corben, first Crown land purchaser source: Hatcher Index
abt 40 thousand years earlier 1835 Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Victoria source: Hatcher Index

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1965 1974 Lawry’s Auto Electrical source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1960 1960 A. Rapa source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1930 1950 H. W. Williamson, grocer source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1925 1925 H. Partridge, grocer source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1920 1920 Mrs. M. T. Childers, grocer source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1915 1915 Miss. M. Maloney source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1910 1910 William and Mary Wall, confectioners http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196175706 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1905 1905 Miss. C. Bertotto, confectioner source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1900 1900 Mrs. J Currie, greengrocer source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1895 1895 Jean F. Meurillion source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 William Retchford source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History

1911. WALL. -On the 9th January, at Gisborne, New Zealand, James the dearly beloved son of William and Mary Wall, of 16 Capel-street, North Melbourne, aged 38 years.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196175706

source: The Age 1911


1879. VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTY,

Nos 16 and 18 Capel street, HOTHAM, Close to the Victoria Market, and within ten minutes walk of the Melbourne Post office
To Tradesmen, Capitalists, Investors, and Others. BEAUCHAMP and SON have received instructions from the owner to SELL by AUCTION, at the rooms, 14 Collins street west, on Monday, February 17, at twelve o’clock, All that valuable freehold property,
comprising No 16 Capel street-Well built brick shop, with fittings, shelves, counters, &c., and two rooms, now let at 14s weekly
And No 18 Capel street-Brick dwelling (occupied by owner), containing three rooms, passage, &c., Venetian blinds, cedar cupboards, gasaliers, &c., slate roots and cemented fronts.

source The Argus 1879


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Context and Streetscape

Precinct

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

Zoning

The controls listed below affect this property:

This information must be verified with the relevant planning or heritage authority.

Streetscape

The streetscape can be characterised as a mix of Victorian and modern buildings. Eight of the original seventeen single-story Victorian terrace dwellings plus some double storey commercial buildings are on its western side, south of Victoria Street, while on the eastern side, the street retains sixteen of its original thirty-six, wider sized early Victorian, two storey terrace homes, as well as two story modern public housing townhouses.

Crossing over Victoria Street to the north on the eastern side, nineteen of the original thirty-two equally fine examples of early two storey Victoria terrace dwellings can be seen, dispersed by a small number of modern two storey buildings. Unfortunately, all twenty-two of the original Victorian terrace dwellings on the western side from Victoria to Queensberry streets have all been demolished, replaced by taller modern commercial buildings that are out of character with the existing surrounding Victorian architecture of this once predominantly single and double storey residential streetscape.

Heritage of note include two 2 storey terraces at 62 and 64, both have National Trust classifications and Heritage Victoria registrations. Two more include two single storey terraces dwellings at 81 and 83 that were designed by the distinguished Australian architect, Mr. George Raymond Johnson.

Other Information

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