15 Miller Street

15 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Sue Scarfe

Also known as Oliver’s row
Previous Address 8 Miller Street before 1889 street renumbering by council
Constructed 27/10/1866
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder James Oliver

Timelapse Building Images


photographer, Graeme Butler

Land Details

1. 1895 MMBW map

2. Compiled Crown Record Plan (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7305206)

3. Old Title 1918.

4. Solomon Solomon purchased this crown allotment. He in Collins Street Melbourne but sold up in 1865 and left for America.

Important and Extensive Clearing Sale of Valuable City and Suburban Properties, Mining Shares, Building Society and Companies’ Shares comprising – Allotments, Franklin street west, near Laughton’s Soho Foundry, Melbourne, Brick cottages and land at Little Provost street Hotham, Allotments, corner of Hawke and Miller Streets opposite the Benevolent Asylum. Crown Hotel and land at Prahran. Farm of 128 acres near Broadmeadows. Government allotments at Sunbury. Mining shares, Building Society shares, Ice Company shares.

The property of Mr. S. Solomon, who is leaving the Colony for the Americas.

The whole for absolute sale by Mr Robert Byrne to sell at auction at the rooms 40 Collins Street east on Tuesday 6th December 1865 at Twelve o’clock noon precisely.

The Herald, Tuesday 5th December 1865.

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Miller

Application Number: 1722. Date 27/10/1866

Owner and Builder: James Oliver

Fee: 1.10.0

Type: three room house

Other significant building works carried out by James Oliver can be seen here.

source; Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

House is missing an original 1866 Victorian style front door as well as a Victorian style picket fence and gate.

Question. When the lacework was restored on the veranda after 1983, was it the original lace or new lace. If new lace how did it match or differ in style to the original veranda lace.

Architectural Features

  • Doors

    Queen Ann revival
    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Hardware
    Other metal

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Fin Wall

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Fence

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Windows

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

How is it significant?
The Oliver row are significant historically and aesthetically to West Melbourne and the City of Melbourne.

Why is it significant?
Oliver’s terraces, 11, 13 and 15 Miller Street are significant.

  • Aesthetically, as a relatively early but near original example of a common type which contributes to a significant residential streetscape;
  • Historically, representative of a major growth period (Victorian-era) in West Melbourne and for the link with Mr. Andrew Love former M.L.A. for Victoria, and its connection to James Oliver, a prominent, long time resident of the local community in the late Victorian-era.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1964 1974 John Camilleri Hatcher Index
1935 1963 George Ward Hatcher Index
1924 1934 Hugh Kavanagh Hatcher Index
1919 1923 Hannah Bates Hatcher Index
1898 1918 Elizabeth Edgerton Hatcher Index
1874 1897 William Edgerton Hatcher Index
1866 1873 James Oliver Hatcher Index
1858 1865 Solomon Solomon (first crown land purchaser) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155036655 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 Hatcher Index


From To Resident More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1972 1974 John Camilleri Hatcher Index
1967 1971 Joseph & Mary Ciantar Hatcher Index
1965 1965 Victor Christie Hatcher Index
1964 1964 Liciannie or Luciano Rizzo Hatcher Index
1955 1963 William Thomas Dunstan Hatcher Index
1939 1954 Norman Scholten Hatcher Index
1936 1937 Thomas Richard Smith Hatcher Index
1924 1934 Hugh Kavanagh Hatcher Index
1921 1921 Arthur George King Hatcher Index
1919 1923 Hannah Bates Hatcher Index
1920 1920 Edward Bates Hatcher Index
1905 1919 Thomas Jones Hatcher Index
1900 1904 Arthur Wisby or Wisbey Hatcher Index
1898 1899 Ernest S. Edgerton (son of William and Elizabeth) Hatcher Index
1894 1897 William Herbert Hatcher Index
1891 1893 Mrs. Whitton Hatcher Index
1884 1890 George Barlow Hatcher Index
1883 1883 John Bennett Hatcher Index
1882 1882 Miss Worrell Hatcher Index
1877 1880 Robert S. Whiting Hatcher Index
1877 1877 Mrs. Milton Hatcher Index
1876 1876 Joseph T. Ford Hatcher Index
1875 1875 Mrs Brittan Hatcher Index
1874 1876 Henry T. ‘Harry’ Pullen Hatcher Index
1873 1873 Andrew Love M.L.A. Hatcher Index
1871 1872 John Melville Hatcher Index
1868 1870 Merrick Hatcher Index

Social History

1879 Joseph & Elizabeth Whiting.

Joseph Whiting was born on 31 March 1803 in Middlesex, his father, Peter, was 37 and his mother, Mary, was 28. He married Ann Lorne and they had seven children together. She passed away in 1846 in London and Joseph later married Elizabeth Jane Selman Maynard in London. Elizabeth was born in 1816 in Plymouth, Devon, and they had four children together.

In 1843, Joseph Whiting was convicted and sentenced to 2 months imprisonment in England for larceny. In 1845 a directory showed their address was number 14 Polygon, Clarendon Square, London. His occupation was a Coach Smith.

Joseph and Elizabeth Whiting along with their four children left London sometime after the birth of Eliza in 1851 in London and before little Eliza’s death in Melbourne in 1852.

The Whiting family lived at 15 Miller Street West Melbourne.

Son Robert Selman Whiting married Rosetta Cohn in 1879, the same year his father Joseph passed away.

Robert Selman Whiting became a distinguished Solicitor and Pastoralist. A member of the legal firm Whiting and Byrne, William Street. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Melbourne. In pastoral affairs he was associated with, among others, the late Sir Rupert Clarke, and in partnership with him, owned Isis Downs Station (Q).

The Argus, 18th June 1929, page 6.

The Age

1868 John Melville & Emma Louisa Barrett.

The Argus

Context and Streetscape

The current 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


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This streetscape contains a collection of historic Victorian and Federation buildings. The homes are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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