|Also known as|
|Architect||R J Werner|
|Builder||R J Werner, 16 Ross Street, Port Melbourne|
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West Melbourne Baptist Church commissioned builder R J Werner, of 16 Ross Street, Port Melbourne, to build this brick manse in 1917 for an estimated cost of ₤900.
The Ministers manse included an entry hall, front bedroom, study, dining, bathroom, two bedrooms, breakfast room, kitchen at the rear, pantry, wash house, and a WC was attached.
The church was demolished in 1962 to make way for a service station.
The Sun newspaper 1 June 1962
photo taken by Vu Viet Ngan
North & West Melbourne News
The Crown Grant was made to Trustees Gibbs, Smith, Harvey & McFarlane and to their heirs:
To provide a site for a church or place of worship for the public praise and worship of God by the members of the religious body society or denomination known as “Baptists”.
The grant excludes
- All gold, silver, coal.
- The use of all such parts of the said land as shall be required for making railways canals watercourses reservoirs drains or services over in upon or through the same with full and free liberty of ingress egress and regress into out of and upon the said land for such purposes.
- The use for a road or highway or thoroughfare.
The grant is subject to:
- Use as and for a church or place of worship for by the Baptists under and in accordance with such regulations as shall from time to time be made by the said Smith, Gibbs, Harvey and McFarlane or the survivors of them or other the trustees and for no other purposes whatsoever.
- If the trustees permit or suffer the said land and premises or any part thereof to be used for or applied to any other than the purpose aforesaid or to become out of proper order and repair or shall alienate or attempt to alienate in fee simple or for any less estate or interest the said land and premises or any part thereof, save and except under and in pursuance of some law hereafter to be in force within the said Colony, it shall be lawful for the Governor persons duly authorised by the Government to reenter upon the said land or any part thereof and to hold possess and as if this grant had not been made.
- The Trustees are not to reside outside the Colony.
The complete text of the Crown Grant is provided below.
Victoria by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the faith and so forth To all to whom these represents shall come Greeting to here as the Crown land hereinafter described was under the Act of the Parliament of Our Colony of Victoria numbered one hundred and forty five (being the “Act to consolidate and amend the laws relating to the sale and Occupation of Crown Lands”) lawfully permanently reserved from sale by the Governor of our said colony with the advice of the Executive Council of the same for the purposes hereinafter appearing and possession of such land has been given Now Know Ye that in order to provide a site for a church or place of worship at North Melbourne in our said Colony for the public praise and worship of God by the members of the religious body society or denomination known as “Baptists” We of our own special grace Have Granted and for Us our Heirs and successors Do hereby grant unto ‘William Smith of Victoria street Melbourne in the said Colony Ham Curer, Edward Maddox Gibbs of Dudley street West Melbourne solicitor, Robert Joseph Harvey of Roden street West Melbourne Tinsmith and Thomas McFarlane of Miller street West Melbourne Engineer and to their heirs All that piece of land in the said Colony containing Two roods and seven perches more or less situated in the County of Bourke Parish of North Melbourne commencing at the north west angle of the site the said angle being formed by the junction of the south west side of King street with the east side of Curzon street bounded thence by King street bearing south easterly to the north west side of Hawke street thence by Hawke street bearing south westerly to a line formed by the prolongation of the north side of Miller street thence by that line bearing west to the east side of Curzon street aforesaid and thence by Curzon street bearing north to the point of commencement and shown with the measurements and abuttals thereof in the map drawn in the margin of these presents and therein colored yellow Together with all the rights members privileges and appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining Reserving and excepting nevertheless unto us our Heirs and successors all gold silver and coal with full and free liberty to search and dig for win work and take away the same and with the right of full and free ingress egress and regress into out of and upon the said land for such purposes And Also reserving and excepting the use of all such parts of the said land as shall be required for making railways canals watercourses reservoirs drains or services over in upon or through the same with full and free liberty of ingress egress and regress into out of and upon the said land for such purposes And Also reserving and excepting unto our subjects and people in the said Colony the public use of all such parts of the said land as shall from time to time be proclaimed as or otherwise become either a main or district road or other public highway or thoroughfare To Have and to hold the said land and premises unto the said William Smith, Edward Maddox Gibbs, Robert Joseph Harvey and Thomas McFarlane and to their heirs Provided nevertheless and we do hereby expressly declare that this Our Royal Grant is and shall be subject to the conditions provisions and declarations hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) That the said land hereby granted and the buildings for the time being thereon shall be at all times hereafter maintained and used as and for a church or place of worship for the public praise and worship of God by the said religious body society or denomination and offices and conveniences connected therewith under and in accordance with such a regulations as shall from time to time be made by the said William Smith, Edward Maddox Gibbs, Robert Joseph Harvey and Thomas McFarlane or the survivors of them or other the trustees for the time being of the said land and premises (such survivors or other trustees not being less than two in number at the making of such regulations) and for no other purposes whatsoever Provided Also and we do hereby further declare that if the said William Smith, Edward Maddox Gibbs, Robert Joseph Harvey, Robert Joseph Harvey and Thomas McFarlane or the survivors or survivors of them or other the trustees or trustee of the said land and premises shall permit or suffer the said land and premises or any part thereof to be used for or applied to any other than the purpose aforesaid or to become out of proper order and repair or shall alienate or attempt to alienate in fee simple or for any less estate or interest the said land and premises or any part thereof save and except under and in pursuance of some law hereafter to be in force within the said Colony it shall be lawful for Us Our Heirs and successors by any person or persons duly authorised in that behalf by the Governor or other officer for the time being administering the Government of our said Colony to reenter upon the said land or any part thereof and to hold possess and enjoy the same as fully and effectually to all intents and purposes as if this grant had not been made Provided Also and we do hereby further declare that if the said William Smith, Edward Maddox Gibbs, Robert Joseph Harvey and Thomas McFarlane or any of them or any trustee or trustee to be appointed as hereinafter provided shall die or go to reside out of our said Colony or shall devise to be discharged from or refuse or decline or become incapable to act in the trust aforesaid then and in every such case it shall be lawful for the Governor or other officer for the time being administering the Government of our said Colony either by Deed or by any instrument in writing under his hand sealed with the seal of Our said Colony to appoint a new trustee or new trustees in the place of the trustee or trustees so dying or going to reside out of Our said Colony or desiring to be discharged or refusing or declining or becoming incapable to act as aforesaid and upon every or any such appointment the number of trustees may be increased and upon every such appointment the said piece or parcel of land hereditaments and premises hereinbefore described shall be so conveyed and assured that the same may become vested in the surviving or continuing trustee or trustees jointly with such new trustee or trustees or in such new trustee or trustees solely as the case may require In testimony whereof we have caused this our grant to be sealed with the seal of our said Colony Witness Our trust and well beloved Sir John Henry Thomas Manners Sutton, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath Governor and Commander in chief of our said Colony of Victoria at Melbourne in Victoria aforesaid this first day of October in the thirtieth day in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and sixty six.
Entered in the Register Book
Vol 379. Folio 75.791.
- H. Aldsey
Register of Titles
Contributory elements include:
• detached brick single-storey Arts and Crafts Bungalow on an island site;
• rough-cast stucco main wall finish with red brick featured in gable ends and as dado;
• gabled roof form clad with unglazed Marseilles pattern terra cotta tiles, with red brick chimneys and pots, and louvered gable vents;
• distinctive Arts and Crafts arched and buttressed porch, arches trimmed with red rubbed brickwork, also used as window headers elsewhere;
• flat roof boxed and faceted window bays, with leaded toplight;
• entry door with top and side lights; and• symbolic link with former church occupation of site.
West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016
Subsequent Building Alterations
2018: The minister’s manse residence was demolished by the Eight Day Baptist Church congregation to redevelop the community site into apartments for a multi million dollar tax free profit.
Heritage Significance and Listings
|Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes|
The West Melbourne Baptist Church manse had significance.
• Historically, as the only physical link with the long and history of the Baptist congregation in North & West Melbourne on this reserve and, itself, the place for near to 100 years of occupation by the church; and
• Aesthetically, a well-preserved and early example of an Arts and Crafts Bungalow style manse.
source: West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016
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