31 Provost Street

31 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address
Constructed 1st before 1863, 2nd 1913
Style
Architect
Builder (1st) unknown (2nd) James Hartshorn, 31 Provost Street

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

 

  1. 1895 MMBW map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  3. The Argus, 1854 Government Land Sale, Mr. John Downie, first Crown land purchaser

 

Building Details

Notice of Intention to Build

Date: 9/5/1913

Number: 4033

Owner/builder: James Hartshorn, 31 Provost Street

Type: Brick cottage [with private back yard garden space]

Fee: £1.15.0

Burchett Index


Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features



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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
1854 Mr. John Downie, 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 J. Camilleri source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1970 1970 J. Sultana source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1965 1965 A. Ranellone source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1955 1960 R. S. O’Leary source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1950 1950 Frederick H. Nielsen-Beck source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1945 1945 Michael Conway source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1940 1940 Joseph T. Holt source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1935 1935 Walter F. Furlong and Mrs Doris Furlong http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205889071 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1920 1930 Mrs. Emily Knee source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1915 1915 James Hartshorn source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1910 1910 John Flannery source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1905 1905 Charles Zimmerman source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1900 1900 Mrs. M. A. Stafford source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1895 1895 Mrs. Bridget Peacock source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1890 1890 John Ward source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1889 Frank Marshall source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.

Social History

1934 The Age

FURLONG. — In loving remembrance of our dear mother, who passed away on the 4th September, 1933.
You can only have one mother,
So patient, kind and true;
No other friend in all tho world
Could be no true to you.
For all her loving kindness
She asks nothing in return;
If all the world deserts you,
To your mother you can turn.
Those who have a mother,
Love her while you may;
For you never know how much you miss her
Until she is called away.
—Inserted by her loving son, Walter: daughter-in-law, Doris. and grandson, Ronnie, 31 Provost-street, North Melbourne.

source: The Age


1863 The Argus

TENDERS WANTED, for PAINTING and GLAZING. Apply F. I. Tadgell, 31 Provost-street, Hotham.

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.

Other Information

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