21 Provost Street

21 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

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Previous Address
Constructed 1st before 1861, 2nd unknown
Style
Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  3. The Argus, 1854 Government Land Sale, Mr. Thomas Le Measurier Winter, first Crown land purchaser

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 desirable double fronted Victorian era dwelling with its own private back yard garden that once existed on this site was demolished and replaced by the industrial building on the site today.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1854 Mr. Thomas Le Mesurier Winter, first Crown land purchaser http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84768564 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: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1970 1974 R. R. Jamieson P/L source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1965 1965 J. L. Williams P/L source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1940 1960 Walter F. Furlong source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1935 1935 R. Littlewood source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1930 1930 Charles C. Leicester source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1910 1925 William Lennard source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1905 1905 Mrs. Ann Graham source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1900 1900 John Hamilton source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1897 William Grey http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190648007 source: The Age
1895 1895 James Pigeon source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1890 1890 Hugh Robinson source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1889 Peter Ward source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1865 Mr. P. J. Martin, Esq. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5775857 source: The Argus

Social History

1897 The Age

CASUALTIES AND OFFENCES.
Whilst a painter named William Gray, 42 living in 21 Provost-street, North Melbourne, was engaged painting a room in the Working Men’s Metropole, King-street, yesterday, his ladder slipped and he fell 14 feet, injuring his elbows. He was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital.

source: The Age


1865 The Argus

TENDERS invited for ADDITIONS to a HOUSE, 21 Provost street, Hotham, for P J Martin,Esq Plans on the premises from 12 to 4 pm.

source: The Argus


1861 The Argus

PROFESSED COOK.-SITUATION WANTED, by English person. Good reference. Address S. C., 21 Provost-street, North Melbourne.

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.

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