3 Miller Street

3 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Sue Scarfe

Also known as Sturgess Terraces (1-11)
Previous Address 2 Miller Street before 1889 Source: Sands & McDougall directory
Constructed 14/10/1873
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne

Timelapse Building Images

photographer, Graeme Butler

Land Details

1. 1895 MMBW Map.

2. John Austin Keens purchased lot 10 at a Crown Land Auction on the 25th November 1858.

3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7305206

4. John Austin Keens was a wholesale and retail Ironmonger situated at 161 Elizabeth Street and 209 Swanston Street Melbourne according to the 1861 Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directory, page 231. It is thought he may have been the reason for the naming of Austin Place, the rear lane way. John Austin Keens was born on 20 July 1828 in Manchester, Lancashire, the son of Ann and John. He had one daughter with wife, Agnes in 1860. Agnes Murray Thom was born on 20 August 1837 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, her father, Hugh, was 36, and her mother, Susannah, was 33. She died as a young mother on 4 May 1868 in Melbourne, Victoria, at the age of 30.

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Miller & Curson (sic)

Number: 5634. Date 14/10/1873

Owner & Builder: William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne. (20 Milton St no longer exists)

Fee: 8.15.0

Type: Four 1-story, One 2-story houses. (All with a private back yard gardens)

(We believe the notice meant to say “Four 2-story & One 1-story houses”) Houses 3 to 11.

The reason we believe the single story at number 11 was built by William Sturgess lies in the way its chimney was half inset into house number 9 and the similar shape to the chimney top, like to all the other chimney tops on the houses built by William Sturgess in this row.

Other significant building works carried out by William Sturgess can be found here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

New concrete verandah floor.

The original cast iron style lacework and Victorian style fence that were removed in the 1950’s have since been restored.


Architectural Features

  • Hardware
    Other metal

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Building Ornamentation

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Building Ornamentation

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Building Ornamentation

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Windows

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Doors

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Building Ornamentation

    Sue Scarfe photographer

  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

How is it significant?
The Sturgess row houses are significant historically and aesthetically to West Melbourne and the City of Melbourne.

Why is it significant?
The Sturgess row houses (1-11) are significant.
1. Historically, as in part the long-term residence of William Sturgess one of West Melbourne most successful developers and representative of a major growth period (Victorian-era) in West Melbourne; and
2. Aesthetically, for the distinctive arcaded end bay to the connected terrace row, and uncommon cast-iron detailing also as contributory to a significant Victorian-era streetscape.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1965 1974 Geiseppe Lorenso Hatcher Index
1907 1964 Alice Sebo nee Sturgess Hatcher Index
1892 1906 Herbert & Alice Sebo Hatcher Index
1873 1891 William Sturgess https://www.melbournestreets.com.au/sturgess-william-1829-1891 Hatcher Index
1858 1872 John Austin Keens (crown land purchaser) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7305206 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
1966 1974 Geiseppe Lorenso Hatcher Index
1956 1964 Delia Jory Hatcher Index
1920 1955 Dennis Kennedy Hatcher Index
1917 1919 Robert Wetherhead Hatcher Index
1915 1916 Walter Edwards Hatcher Index
1913 1914 Henrietta McKenzie Hatcher Index
1909 1912 Pam Bertha Hatcher Index
1907 1908 Bertha Payne Hatcher Index
1906 1906 Harold G Blackston Hatcher Index
1904 1905 Edgar Anderson Hatcher Index
1902 1903 Annie Dolan Hatcher Index
1896 1901 Mark Dolan Hatcher Index
1889 1895 Patrick Healey Hatcher Index
1888 1888 Richard Williams Hatcher Index
1886 1887 A Paterson Hatcher Index
1884 1885 James Williams Hatcher Index
1883 1883 Mrs Noble Hatcher Index
1879 1882 William Noble Hatcher Index
1878 1878 David Davis Hatcher Index
1877 1877 Rod Whitehead Hatcher Index
1876 1876 Willian Vance Hatcher Index
1875 1875 Mrs McDouoigh Hatcher Index

Social History

1896. Julia Dolan married Jeremiah Canavan at St Marys Church West Melbourne

Julia Ann Pauline Dolan was born in 1863 in Liverpool, Lancashire, the daughter of Anne and Mark Dolan.

Jeremiah Canavan was born in 1860 in Dandenong, Victoria, his father, Daniel, was 34 and his mother, Catherine, was 29. He had two sons and one daughter with Julia Dolan.

Melbourne Leader

Julia Dolan

the Canavan family

1891 Alice Sturgess & Herbert James Sebo.

Alice Sturgess was born in 1867 in Melbourne, Victoria, her father, William, was 38, and her mother, Fanny, was 37. She married Herbert James Sebo in 1891 in Victoria. They had four children during their marriage.

The Age

1884 William Morrison.

William Morrison was born on 29 March 1859 in Heathcote, Victoria, his father, Charles, was 41 and his mother, Margaret, was 38. He married Elizabeth (Libby) White on 5 June 1883 in Victoria. They had three children during their marriage.

Lebby White Morrison was born on 7 April 1884 in Melbourne, Victoria, her father, William, was 25, and her mother, Elizabeth, was 22. She married William David Thomson on 31 October 1906 in Hawthorn, Victoria. They had five children.

The Argus

1880 William Noble & Agnes Noble nee Johnstone.

William Noble was born in 1845 in Ireland, the son of Ms. Ann and William. He married Agnes Johnston on 10 August 1875 in Richmond, Victoria. They had seven children. Agnes Johnston was born in 1849 in Donnybrook, Victoria, her father, William, was 33, and her mother, Flora, was 29.

The Herald

1876 Mrs Whitehead.

Ellen Julia Mayhew was born on 23 October 1836, her father, John, was 41, and her mother, Mary, was 39. When Richard Austin Whitehead was born in 1828 in Cork, Cork, his mother, Rebecca, was 16. He married Ellen Julia Mayhew on 12 May 1855 in Sydney, New South Wales. They had eight children. One of those children was Harrette Pyne Ethel WHITEHEAD, born here at number 3 Miller Street West Melbourne in 1876, her father, Richard, was 49, and her mother, Ellen, was 41. She married Alexander James Emslie in 1907 in New Zealand.

The Argus

Context and Streetscape

The current 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


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This streetscape contains a collection of historic Victorian and Federation buildings. The homes are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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