274 Victoria Street

274 Victoria Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Also known as
Previous Address 30 Victoria Street North Melbourne before council street renumbering Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Constructed 14/12/1897
Style Victorian, Late: 1875-1901
Architect William Pitt

Timelapse Building Images


276 to 268 Victoria Street, North Melbourne

source: http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW Map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan

Building Details

A row of four two storey brick shops. Two (270-274) have been amalgamated as one.



Subsequent Building Alterations

The front of these buildings have been altered over the years, however those changes could easily be undone and architect, William Pitt’s original design could easily be fully restored.

Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes


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From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1940 1950 Antonio and Regina Gobbo, the St Kilda Cafe, VIctoria Street, North Melbourne. source: Hatcher Index

Social History

I, Antonio Gobbo, of Italian nationality, born at Cittadella, Italy, and resident 16 years in Australia, now residing at 274 Victoria street, North Melbourne, intend to Apply for Naturalisation under the Nationality Act 1920-1936. Adami & Maher, solicitors, Melbourne.

source: The Argus 1945

Migrants’ Son is New Rhodes Scholar
James Augustine Gobbo, 20, the son of an Italian migrant, was yesterday awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for 1952.
Mr. Gobbo Is completing his third year In the faculty of arts at the University and is taking honors in history. His father came to Australia from Italy in 1927, and began a day-and-night cafe at the Victoria Market. He set up home in Grattan-street, Carlton. His wife followed in 1928 and his second son, James, was born in 1931. James Gobbo is one of the most brilliant students the Melbourne University has known for many years. He and his elder brother are the only two members of the family who speak fluent English. He won first-class honors in his first year, won the Boothby exhibition in British history, and won first-class honors in ancient history. In his second year he again won first-class honors in history, and was awarded the Gyles Turner prize for Australasian history. A keen sportsman. Mr. Gobbo is a member of the University rowing eight and has rowed regularly for Newman College.
He was educated at St Joseph’s College and Xavier College, and has since been a resident at Newman. His mother said last night: “It is a very great honor for my family. James has always been the clever one.”
Mr. Gobbo was training with the University crew when the award was announced. Afterwards he spent a quiet evening
with his family. With the Rhodes scholarship he will continue his work on history and make a secondary study of law.

source: The Age 1951

Son of Antonio and Regina Gobbo, Sir James Gobbo was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1978 and was knighted in 1982 for his services to the community. His continued contribution to the law, multicultural affairs and hospitals was recognised in 1993 when he was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia.

Sir James Gobbo served as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria from 1995 until he was appointed Governor of Victoria in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of the Victorian premier, Jeff Kennett. He was the first Australian state governor of Italian descent.

Image source ABC News: The 25th Governor of Victoria, Sir James Gobbo with his wife, Shirley.


Context and Streetscape


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

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