17 Provost Street

17 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address
Constructed before 1872

Timelapse Building Images


photographer: Graeme Butler

Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  3. The Argus, 1854 Government Land Sale, Mr. William Kirkhouse, 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

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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.


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


From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1960 1974 P. Ranno source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1955 1955 G. Mirabella source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1935 1950 John Garvin source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1930 1930 George Ruben source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1925 1925 Edward J. Davis source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1910 1920 Daniel Godfrey Carter and Mrs. Laura Jane Carter, nee Winter source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1905 1905 Mrs. Annie Flynn source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1900 1900 Michael McGrath source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1895 1895 Robert Bodycomb source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1890 James Sinclare source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1887 1889 Mrs. Ellen Morgan (#17 became #26) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.

Social History

1927 Labor Call

(North Melbourne).
A large number of Laborites and friends of the late Mr. Dan Carter, J.P., assembled at the graveside at Fawkner Cemetery on Sunday afternoon last, to do homage to a departed comrade. Amongst those present were Messrs. G. M. Prendergast, J. J. Holland, M.’sL.A., and Dr. W. Maloney, M.H.R. Dr. Maloney delivered an inspiring address
as follows:—
We come to-day, a year after our beloved friend and comrade has been laid to rest We come, not with tears and lamentations, as our regrets have been expressed in the past, and remain with us. But we join to-day in the hope of the future, that by our good deeds, when our time comes to pass through the shadows, we shall meet him and the other hero men and women who have fought for humanity.
Were I asked what is the highest ideal of humanity, I would close my eyes and visualise the thorn-crowned Christ, crucified
on the dross, with dripping hands and feet, and say:
That is the highest ideal of humanity;
That is the highest ideal of forgiveness;
That is the highest ideal of sacrifice;
sacrifice for the benefit and the uplift of the child, the woman, and the man.
How well do I remember our first meeting! How well can I recall the first night, at my opening meeting in 1889, when I won his friendship and love!
How many times since then has he told me that what arrested him at the meeting was the motto I had chosen. There was no Labor platform then, so I took my motto from the sweet American poet, and faced the election with:
“For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrongs that need resistance,
For the future in the distance,
And the good that we can do.”
And Dan Carter, tip to the time of his death, and I have been fighting for this ever since.
In the ocean of the ether there is room for every orb, star, and sun. In the ocean of the air there-is room for every wing. In the ocean of the waters there is room for every sail. In the ocean of
the mind there Is room for every thought; and the highest thought is perfect, justice, that only the Godhead knows. The greatest power to attain that end is the religion of humanity. Our sacred dead, whose ashes are at our feet, was one of the brave fighters of the legion of humanity; fighting always for
the -uplift and welfare of every child, woman, and man.
How well can I recall his unflinching, unswerving, and unending efforts for the gospel of Labor. Let it be a summer
night under our glorious Australian skies, lit up with stars, he was there. Let it be a cold and wintry day, he was there. Let it be rain and sleet, he was there, at the corners in North Melbourne, on a platform or a box, always at the call of duty. God rest him. He was an Apostle of Labor, and in this great Movement I can see, within early years, the foundation of humanity, such as the following may indicate:
“All hail to the coming time, whose advent robed with rainbow hues of glory are upon us:
When war will be dead;
When privilege will be dead;
When monarchy will be dead;
When bigotry will be dead.
When poverty will be dead—
But when Man shall live,
When for all there will be but one country, and that country the whole broad teeming earth; When for all, there will be but one hope and that hope the widest heavens;
All hail to that coming time, which will hold our children and which our children shall inherit.”

source: Labor Call

1919 The Herald

Mr and Mrs D. G. Carter. of 17 Provost street. North Melbourne, have received official notification that their son,. Corporal W. T.
Carter, of the 23rd Battalion A.I.F., has been awarded the Military Medal for coolness and courage displayed when leading reinforcements to an isolated post in the face of a heavy enemy artillery and machine gun barrage, near Herleville, France. on August 18, 1918. Prior to enlistment Corporal Carter was employed at Messrs J. and T. Muir’s ironfoundry, North Melbourne, and was an active member of the Iron Workers’ Union.

source: The Herald

1909 Labor Call

NOMINATIONS from persons willing to contest the above seat in the Labor interest at the forthcoming election will be received by the undersigned until 9 p.m. on MONDAY, 1st MARCH, 1909.
D. G. CARTER, Hon. Sec.,
17 Provost Street, North Melbourne.

source: Labor Call

1872 The Argus

A Young person wants a SITUATION as HOUSE-MAID, or NURSE and Needlewoman. 17 Provost-street, Hotham.

source: The Argus

Context and Streetscape


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

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


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.

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