133 Capel Street

133 Capel Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address 133 was also known as 27 Capel Street, a Victorian terrace dwelling in Hotham before the current building and street renumbering. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Style Late twentieth century: 1960 – 2000

Timelapse Building Images


source: http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

Land Details

  • Current map
  • 1895 MMBW map
  • Compiled Crown Record Plan

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

The historic Victorian dwelling on this land was demolished and replaced by a two storey brick, warehouse/showroom. Built around 1980, later refurbished and converted to a place of worship in 2002.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
Mr. W. Hughes, 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


From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1965 1974 Melford Mtrs P/L (comrcl divsn) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1950 1960 Peter Dolheguy source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1945 1945 Mrs. E. E. Young source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1910 1940 William M. Young source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1905 1905 Duncan Bremmer source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1900 1900 James McGrath source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1895 1895 Donald Ross source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 Frederick A. Shinneling source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History


The Government having offered a prize of £200 for the best potato digger, Mr. F. A. Schinnerling, of 27 Capel-street, North Melbourne, has succeeded in inventing some genius model of a machine, which has been so far perfected that, using peas instead of potatoes, he is able to demonstrate how the machine itself, when made, will work. It is claimed for the structure that it will bag the potatoes in one tenth the time that would be required to accomplish the work by manual labour, the area of ground that could be dealt with in one day being three acres, which we could produce from 24 to 30 tons, according to the yield. In front of the machine is a long pole, for a pair of horses to be attached, and the wheels connected with it run along the furrows, passing over of course, the ridge containing potatoes. Running along the bottom of the machine is a scoop with openings us in a grating, but solid at the extreme front. The position of this scope can be varied so as to be level with the ground or to dig to any depth not exceeding about seven inches, and as the horses proceed the digging is done the scoop being dragged through the soil. Above the scoop are four rows of forks, which revolve when the machine is in motion, and coming down into the scoop they seize the earth which it contains, split it up, and hurl the potatoes to the back part of the scoop, which is on a decline, and thence the potatoes fall on to the ground. A great part of the earth dug up in the procession fact nearly the whole escapes through the front grating of the scoop, and that which does not thus disappear and escape further back The driver sits in an elevated position at the back of the machine, and he can very easily stop the action of the machine proper without stopping the outside wheels, which, when in a certain position, are what may be termed the driving wheels. These wheels are so regulated that they shall run along in farrow, the distance from the centre of one of them to the centre of the other being 7ft 3in 3 each of the forks in the four rows referred to is fitted with a spring, so that in case of contact with any very hard substance it will be forced back instead of being driven into it and crushing it The amount of force needed from these rows of forks will vary according to the nature or condition of the soil, and it can be regulated by means of a wheel. It is said that the cost of digging by one of these machines will be half that incurred under the present system. Nearly the whole of the machine will be of iron, but the forks and the nose of the scoop will be of steel or steel-faced. Mr. Peryman, of Collins street (at whose office the model was seen), has taken the invention to Warrnambool, where it engaged the attention of a number of gentlemen interested in potato culture, and the general impression was that it would prove a success. The trial of the machinery entered for the competition for the Government prize is to take place in the Romsey district about the first week in May, and as already indicated Mr. Schinnerling intends to be one of the competitors. His invention will be on view for a few days at Mr. Zuckerman’s, 330 Collins street.

source: The Argus 1892

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


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.

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