23 Provost Street

23 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The desirable pair of Victorian era terrace dwellings at 23 & 25 with their own private back yard gardens 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 Hatcher Index
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.
1950 1960 Mrs. Violet Morris source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1930 1945 Thomas ann Mrs. Violet Morris source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1925 1925 Mrs. Sarah J. Cutts & H. L. Cutts, (photographer) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1915 1920 Walter Clark source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1895 1895 vacant source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1890 Mrs. M. Higton source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.

Social History

1917 The Age

CLARK.β€” In loving memory of our darling son.
Willie Herbert, -who was killed in action somewhere in France on the 28th July, 1916.
The midnight stars are-shining on a grave I cannot see.
There sleeping without dreaming lies the one so dear to me.
No matter how I pray, dear Willie, no matter how
I call,
There is nothing left to answer but your photo on the wall.
A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
Some time, some day, our eyes shall see
The dear face we held in memory;
And Christ shall link the broken chain,
Still closer when we meet again;
Our brave hero.
β€” Inserted by his loving mother and father. Mr. and Mrs. W. Clark, 23 Provost-street, North Melbourne.

source: The Age


1868 The Argus

WANTED, a strong, girl, about 16, as GENERAL SERVANT, good references. Apply 23 Provost street, Hotham.

source: The Argus


1865 The Argus

TADGELL.β€”On the 17th inst., at 23 Provost-street, North Melbourne, the wife of F. J. Tadgell of a son.

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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