137 Chetwynd Street

137 Chetwynd Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2021

Also known as
Previous Address 137 was also known as 65 Chetwynd Street, Hotham before street renumbering. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map

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Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW Map
  2. 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 desireable Victorian heritage dwelling with its own private back yard garden that once existed on this site was demolished and replaced by a modern two storey townhouse.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
Mr. A. Huggins, 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
1920 1925 Mrs. Una Upton source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1910 1910 William Johnston source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1905 1905 Robert Moyes source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1900 1900 Lewis Norris source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1890 1894 Mrs. Elizabeth Perkins, nee Shea source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.

Social History

The Shea and Perkins Family.

Elizabeth Perkins was born at Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland in 1823, daughter of Denis Shea and Anne Counihan.

Elizabeth arrived in Australia in 1855 on the brig Champion and four years later the 36-year-old married a 51-year-old widower named James Edward Perkins. He had been a successful baker and lived at 182 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. His first wife, Charlotte died the year before, leaving him with a ten-year-old daughter named Charlotte and six older adult children.

Elizabeth, James and Charlotte left CBD life and settled down at 214 Church Street Richmond, where Elizabeth gave birth to a son named Alfred Joseph Perkins in 1862.

Tragedy struck them when James Perkins died in 1872, aged 64.

In 1877 Elizabeth’s son and stepdaughter, Alfred and Charlotte left Richmond and settled in at 69 Chetwynd Street, Hotham. Around 1890, they moved into the house next door, at 65 Chetwynd Street, today know as number 137 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne.

In 1883 her twenty-one-year-old son, Alfred Joseph Perkins married Alice Ethel Swifte. Alice was three years his senior, had been born in 1859 at Jericho Tasmania, daughter of Bernam Henry Nassau Swifte and Mary Bransgrove.

Alice Perkins gave birth to seven children, Keith, Edmund, Bernard, Eric, Colin, Marjory and Jocelyn Perkins.

Matriarch, Elizabeth Perkins passed away quietly at her home on Chetwynd Street in 1894 at the age of seventy.

Both original Victorian era homes at 137 and 139 have not survived. They’ve been replaced by a modern two storey townhouse and a four-storey block of serviced flats.

Researched by: Stephen Hatcher in 2022.

source: Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria

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.


Chetwynd Street was once predominantly a residential street with single and two storey Victorian terrace dwellings, two churches, a school and two hotels known as the Queens Arms and the Star of Hotham.

The Chetwynd streetscape today is characterised by a mix of multi-storey blocks of public flats, some modern commercial/industrial buildings, an ambulance depot, and a school.

In 2021, only fifty of the original one hundred and twenty-nine Victorian heritage dwellings once found on this street remain, compared to the 1895 Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works map.

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