15 Provost Street

15 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address
Constructed before 1872
Style
Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

1983

photographer: Graeme Butler


Land Details

1895 MMBW map

Compiled Crown Record Plan

The Argus, 1854 Government Land Sale, Mr. William Kirkhouse of West Melbourne and Ireland, first Crown land purchaser

Building Details

No Entries Found

Subsequent Building Alterations

Some minor changes made to the facades of these group of four dwellings would easily return them all to the Victorian style when they were first built.

Architectural Features



    No Entries Found


Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

As at 2022, this historic building is one of only seventeen heritage buildings that remains and survived the wave of new developments in Provost street.

This group of four buildings are unique for their simple and understated Victorian facade and their association to the families who lived here over the years.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1854 Mr. William Kirkhouse, 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
1960 1974 N. Ranellone source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1950 1955 P. Sebastiana source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1935 1945 Charles H. Griffiths source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1930 1930 William Rohsburn source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1925 1925 James Burns source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1920 1920 Alfred Tormey source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1915 1915 William McCann source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1910 1910 James Salter source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1905 1905 Daniel Godfrey Carter and Mrs. Laura Jane Carter, nee Winter http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10337832 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1900 John Kennedy source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1888 1889 James Sinclare source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1879 1886 Samuel Gillard source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1877 1878 John Collins source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1873 1876 Maurice Joseph Condon and Mrs. Mary Ann Condon, nee Halliday http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7434289 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.

Social History

1904 The Argus

DISPROPORTIONATE FINES.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
Sir, Comments have recently been made through your columns re the leniency displayed by the North Melbourne Bench when dealing with i street rough who was let off with a line of low in obscene language and assaulting the police I had the misfortune to appear before the same Bench charged with the terrible crime of failing to have my child vaccinated to which I respectfully pleaded guilty Yet, notwithstanding the fact that the chairman
(Dr Lloyd) had just inflicted the above fine on the rough he fined me 10 with 2/ costs and delivered a long heavily upon my ignorance and the benefits of vaccination Sir I protest against this
treatment I am merely acting according to my conscience and if the law as administered by Dr Lloyd classes me as being twice is bad as the larrikin, then I agree with Mr Bumble, that “the law’s a hass” Yours, etc &c.,
D. GODFREY’ CARTER.
15 Provost-street, North Melbourne

source: The Argus


1872 The Argus

TENDER for CARPENTER and Plaster WORK.

Labour only. Apply 15 Provost-street, Hotham.

source: The Argus



Context and Streetscape

Precinct

This property sits 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

Provost Street was once predominantly a residential street with single and two storey Victorian terrace dwellings, a green grocer shop, butcher shop, pork purveyors, a dairy, a confectioner, dressmaker, bootmaker shop, horse livery, wood yard, cabies, a Coach builder and hotels at either end known as the North Star Hotel at Abbotsford Street corner and Commercial Hotel on the Curzon Street corner.

Provost streetscape today is characterised by significantly less heritage dwellings, an addition of some contemporary multi-storey townhouses, and some 1940s to 1960s industrial buildings.

In 2022, only seventeen of the original forty seven heritage buildings remain (64% destroyed) which once existed on Provost street, compared to an 1895 Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works map.

As of 2022, some addresses on this street’s density level has been allowed to rise by four to five times larger, due to recent increase in council approved multi-level building redevelopments since 1895. In some cases, unrestricted increases in density can be detrimental to existing residents enjoyment of amenity and quality of life.

Other Information

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