25 Chetwynd Street

25 Chetwynd Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Felicity Jack 2020

Also known as Bilston House Source: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189348738
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Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW map
  2. 1859 The Argus, Crown land sale

Building Details

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Subsequent Building Alterations

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. John Thomas Smith, 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 Ivos source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1965 1970 C. Pizzul source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1950 1960 Mrs. E. M. Beech source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1945 1945 G. C. Beech source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1920 1940 D. Jenkins source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1910 1915 J. Moylan source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1905 1905 Mrs. C. Kearney source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1900 1900 F. McIntyre source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1895 1895 Mrs. M.A. McKenna source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1890 1890 Miss. J. M. Büsst (music teacher) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.

Social History

1890 Table Talk.

Madame Büsst’s Concert.
Madame Büsst gave her first pupils concert at the Athenteum Hall, Collins street, on Wednesday evening, November 26, in the presence of a large and fashionable audience. The programme containing eighteen numbers opened with a Double Duo for two pianos, Haydn’s twenty-first symphony spiritedly played by Misses Ross, Pinkus, Simonsen, and Mr. F. Pett. In consequence of Madame Simonsen’s indisposition her place was ably filled by Mr. Jules Simonsen, who was twice recalled for an exquisite rendering of “The Garonne.” In a bracketed number ” Arabesque and Eglogue,” and ” La Castagnette, Miss Florrie Simonsen created a most favorable impression, her touch and execution being both clear
and brilliant. Madame Büsst and Mr. Max Klein, were loudly applauded for a fine performance on the piano and violin of “Andante Oon Variationi, Finale Presto,” Kreutza Sonata op. 45, Beethoven. The interest of the evenine was centred on the appearance of Master Aylmer Büsst a child of seven years, and possessed of decided musical genius, who far surpassed the genius expectation, and delighted his hearers with a clever and brilliant performance (without book) of Clementi’s Sonata in C, playing as an encore a charming little “Bohemian Air,” by Carl Czerne, after which he was literally deluged with beautiful floral tributes. The programme, though some what lengthy, was listened to with attention throughout, the pupils assisting giving ample evidence of the excellence of their training. Immediately after the fourth number in the second part, a pleasing ceremony took place, when Mr. Thompson came forward, and, on behalf of her pupils, presented Madame Büsst with a very handsome gold bracelet.

source: Table Talk


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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

Chetwynd Street was once a mainly residential street filled with single and two storey Victorian terrace dwellings, two churches, a school and two hotels known as the Queens Arms and the Star of Hotham.

The Chetwynd streetscape today is characterized by a mix of multi-storey blocks of public flats, some modern commercial/industrial buildings, an ambulance depot, and a school.

In 2021, only fifty of the original one hundred and twenty-nine Victorian heritage dwellings once found on this street remain, compared to an 1895 Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works map.

Other Information

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