27 Hawke Street

27 Hawke Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

Also known as Marley’s row houses (27-33) Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address 11 Hawke Street (before 1889) Source: Hatcher Index
Constructed 31/7/1869
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder John George Marley, 1 Courtney St Hotham

Timelapse Building Images




photographer: Graeme Butler

John T Collins 1907-2001, photographer, held by State Libary of Victoria

Land Details

1895 MMBW map

Building Details

Built as a pair (31 & 33) Melbourne council building registration application number 4435.

As owner/builder Marley built 27 & 29 Hawke street houses in 1869 the subsequently built 31 & 33 Hawke Street houses in 1871.

1 – 2
Architects Building Type
77287 Marley, John George West Melbourne VIC Houses Marley, John George 1869 07 31 3362
77299 Marley, J G West Melbourne VIC Houses Marley, J G – 1 Courtney St Hotham 1871 06 3 4435


Subsequent Building Alterations

No Entries Found

Architectural Features

  • Fin Wall

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

  • Building Ornamentation

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

  • Chimney

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

  • Fence

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Intact detailed wrought iron fence and gate and original window.

Simple and mostly intact masonry detail on fin walls.

27 Hawke Street is a single-story brick and bluestone building containing building fabric from the 1869 period of construction and is unaltered and fully intact to its era. Original verandah, Original fence and gate with bluestone foundations intact. 4 panel solid wood front door with fanlight window above.

27, 29, 31 & 33 Hawke Street were built by John George Marley.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1930 1974 Caroline Teresa Higgins (daughter of William Henry Jones) Hatcher Index
1923 1929 William Henry Jones Hatcher Index
1899 1922 John Craig Hatcher Index
1895 1898 Thomas McDonald Hatcher Index
1888 1894 Marley’s Trust Hatcher Index
1870 1887 John George Marley Hatcher Index
1853 1869 Thomas Allison and A. H. Knight purchased land 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 Hatcher Index


From To Resident More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1972 1974 Aldo Peli Hatcher Index
1956 1970 Anne Julia O’Rorke Hatcher Index
1939 1955 Archibald Prentice Hatcher Index
1930 1936 Ernest Gray Hatcher Index
1927 1929 James Meehan Hatcher Index
1915 1926 Thomas O’Connor Hatcher Index
1914 1914 Frederick Angell Hatcher Index
1913 1913 Charles Sawplugh Hatcher Index
1906 1910 Thomas Stevens Hatcher Index
1905 1905 Samuel Turner Hatcher Index
1898 1904 Annie Ettershank Hatcher Index
1895 1896 Edward Ettershank Hatcher Index
1892 1894 John Dight Hatcher Index
1891 1891 William Nelson Hatcher Index
1890 1890 Mrs Isabella Phillips Hatcher Index
1889 1889 Thomas Ward Hatcher Index
1888 1888 Mrs Henry Hatcher Index
1887 1887 Mrs Seruf ? Hatcher Index
1885 1886 Mrs Martha Terry Hatcher Index
1882 1884 David Brown Hatcher Index
1880 1881 Stephen Dunckley Hatcher Index
1879 1879 Thomas Lloyd or Floyd Hatcher Index
1878 1878 Edward Ainsley Hatcher Index
1877 1877 Mrs Ainsley Hatcher Index
1875 1876 Andrew Pearce or Pierce Hatcher Index
1874 1874 John or Thomas Chalmers Hatcher Index
1873 1873 H Jones Sands & Mcdougall directory
1872 1872 William Comely Hatcher Index
1870 1871 William & Joanna Comely ( nee Joanna Duncan Higgins) https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/ Hatcher Index

Social History

1954. John & Margaret Grey

The Age

1950. Archibald Prentice

The Argus

1931. Charles Thomas James

The Age

1928, Edward Hughes

The Herald

1918. Canaries

The Age

1896. Edward & Annie Ettershank

The Argus

1893. Elizabeth Marley

The Age

1893. Elizabeth Marley

The Argus

1890. Help wanted

The Age

1890. W. Neilson

Melbourne Leader

1888. Furnished room.

The Age

1884. Room.

The Age

1882. David Brown.

The Australasian

1880. Stephen, Ellen & Nellie Dunckley.

The Argus

1878. Newton terrace.

The Argus

1875. Furniture and effects.

The Age

1873. Help wanted

The Argus

1872. To-Let

The Argus

1872. Mrs Lockhart.

The Argus

17/6/1871. Insolvency of William Comely

13/6/1871. William Comely

The Argus

12/6/1871. William & Joanna Comely (nee Joanna Duncan Higgins)

The Australasian & BDMVic

Context and Streetscape

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


This streetscape contains a collection of outstanding Victorian buildings because they are a particularly well preserved group from a similar period or style and because they are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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