15 Chetwynd Street

15 Chetwynd Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2021
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Previous Address
Constructed
Style
Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

2020

Felicity Jack 2020

Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW Map
  2. 1859 The Argus, Crown 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

The highly sought after Victorian era heritage dwelling with its own private back yard garden that once existed on this site was demolished sometime after 1921 and replaced by the industrial building on the site today. The factory has since been converted into a family home.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. John McLennan, 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
1970 1974 McDonald & Montgomery & Co (china glass & crockery) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1960 1965 Harris-Williams Press P/L source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1950 1955 Pyrox Ltd (factory) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1944 1945 Army Dept (Ordnance Clothing Store) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1940 1940 Cave’s Pure Fruit Drinks Ltd (fruit drinks manufacturer) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1935 1935 Gray N P/L (egg exporters) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1925 1925 Gardini Motor Co (motor garage) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1920 1921 Mrs. Margaret Keith Benjamin nee Willis source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1915 1915 E. Perkins source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1910 1910 H. Cameron source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1905 1905 A. Barry source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1900 1900 M. Kennedy source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1877 1895 Michael Moloney source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.

Social History

Margaret Keith Benjamin nee Willis was born in 1863 at Weyburys Gully, Victoria, daughter of George Willis (1825-1916) and Flora McDonald (Isle of Skye, 1837-1921).

She married Henry Benjamin in Fitzroy in 1894 and they had five children together.

Henry died in 1905 at the age of 47 at Heidelberg.

Margaret lost their son, Henry Charles Benjamin at West Melbourne just six months after he was borne in 1906,  leaving Margaret to raise four of their surviving children, Erick, Coral, Leo and Leslie into adulthood.

Margaret passed away in 1945 at the age of 82 in Clifton Hill.

source: Stephen Hatcher


1919 The Argus.

IN MEMORIAM.
On Active Service.
BENJAMIN.- In ever loving memory of Cpl. Leslie John Willis Benjamin, 7th Batt., who died 16th August, 1918, from wounds received at Vaux Villers, France, the dearly beloved second eldest son of Mrs. Benjamin, and loving brother of Eric, Coral, and Leo, of 15 Chetwynd street, West Melbourne.
One of the finest God ever made,
Nature blessed him with her choicest gifts;
A clean, straight life and a hero’s death.
The price of peace.
Our boy.

source: The Argus


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

Streetscape

Chetwynd Street was once a mainly residential street filled 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 characterized 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 an 1895 Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works map.

Other Information

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