16 Capel Street

16 Capel Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher
Also known as Aberdeen House Source: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1555486
Previous Address
Constructed
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

2004

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

1983

source: North Melbourne Library, photographer Graeme Butler

Land Details

  1. Current map
  2. 1895 MMBW map
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan showing Mr. John Freer was the first Crown land purchaser of 4 land allotments in 1850
  4. 1859 Government land sale notice

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

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. Alexander Cooper, 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 1970 H. & S. Frankel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1960 1960 “Chinese” source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1950 1955 Thomas De Gruchy source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1945 1945 Thomas Pulle source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1930 1940 Mrs. Mary A. Pulle
1925 1925 Mrs. Laura Walker source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1920 1920 Ernest S. Walker source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1885 1915 William Cooper, builder source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History

1915. COOPER—ROCKE.—[Silver Wedding.] — [married] On the 2nd September, 1890, at East Melbourne, by the Rev. Robert Hamilton, William, only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Cooper, West Melbourne, to Ellen, only daughter of M. I. Rocke, and the late Mrs. Rocke, North Melbourne. Present address – Aberdeen, 16 Capel street, West Melbourne.

source: The Argus 1915


1869. WANTED, GENERAL SERVANT. 16 Capel-street west, near Eagle Foundry. Apply tomorrow, from 10 to 1 a.m.

source: The Argus 1869


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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

Streetscape

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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