194 Capel Street

194 Capel Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Also known as
Previous Address 194 was also known as 80 Capel Street, a Victorian-era family home in Hotham before the current building and street renumbering. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Constructed
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Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

2016

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

1970s

Image held by North Melbourne Library


Land Details

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 historic two storey Victorian dwelling on this land was demolished and replaced by a three storey concrete office building with basement parking.
Built in 1990. Refurbished with the addition of the top storey in 2010.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1860 Mr. Charles Clayton, 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
1974 1974 S. R. O’Connor and K. R. McGowan source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1965 1970 J. Dumesy source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1955 1960 Mrs. G. L. Forrum source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1940 1950 Oscar Forrum source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1935 1935 Anthony Fregonese source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1930 1930 Frederick Clarke source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1925 1925 David A. Scott source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1920 1920 Albert Lyons source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1915 1915 William Bloomfield source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1910 1910 John Frost source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1891 1891 Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and daughters http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241548068 source: The Herald 1891
1890 1905 Mrs. Emma Stent, midwife source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History

1893. MRS. STENT, Midwife, accommodates Ladies during times of indisposition ; or outdoor practice. 80 Capel Street, N. Melbourne.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212817722

source: The Lorgnette 1893


1891. AN EXTRAORDINARY NARRATIVE.

THE LOSS OF THE TARAMUNG.

TRANCE ACCOUNT OF THE DISASTER.

A YOUNG WOMAN UNCONSCIOUS TELLS A -STRANGE STORY.

WAS IT A DREAM ?

This morning information reached The Herald office that a spiritualistic account of tho loss of the Taramung had been given last night, at 80 Capel street, North Melbourne. A representative of this journal called at tho address given, and there saw Mrs and Miss Anderson, who described what must certainly be regarded as an extraordinary incident. That their account was bona fide and strictly accurate, as to what they saw and heard there was not the slightest reason to doubt. Mrs Anderson gave the narrative in a clear, straightforward way, and it was quietly and explicitly confirmed by her daughter.
It appears that last night there were assembled in Mrs Anderson’s front parlor, a party of six persons, comprising Mr and Mrs Anderson, their two daughters and a young married couple Mr and Mrs Whitford. The chief topic of conversation with the Anderson’s of late had been the missing Taramung, with the master of which, Captain Page. Mr Anderson was well acquainted, and for whom he had a great admiration. In fact, ever since the vessel was reported missing Mr Anderson has been greatly concerned, and when at home he constantly spoke about him. As Mrs Whitford had keen staying in the house for the last fortnight, she had frequently heard him speak about, the steamer and its captain.
read more of this account here http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241548068

source: The Herald 1891


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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

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.

Other Information

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