35 Provost Street

35 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address
Constructed before 1876
Style
Architect
Builder [George] Thomson [Roden Street]

Timelapse Building Images

1983

photographer: Graeme Butler


Land Details

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

Building Details

1952 The Age

33-35-37 Provost Street

3 NEAT BRICK COTTAGES.

Each house has tiled verandah, 4 rooms and bathrooms [and their own private back yard gardens]

source: The Age

1875 The Argus

TENDERS WANTED, for SLATER’S WORK of three four roomed cottages. Apply Thomson, contractor, Provost street. Hotham.

TENDERS WANTED, for PLASTERERS WORK of three four roomed cottages Apply Thomson, contractor, Provost-street, Hotham. Labour only.

source: The Argus


Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features



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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

As at 2022, this historic building is one of only seventeen heritage buildings that remains and survived the wave of new developments in Provost street.

This group of three buildings, 33, 35 and 37, are unique for their simple and understated Victorian facade and their association to the families who lived here over the years.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1854 Mr. J. Baker, 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 V. Oliva source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1970 1970 S. Saleba source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1965 1965 not available source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1940 1960 Mrs. E. Howard source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1940 1955 John J. and Mrs. E. Howard source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1935 1935 John T. Blake source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1930 1930 vacant source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1925 1925 James Egan source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1915 1920 John Condon http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241717347 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1910 1910 Jacob Edward Taylor (stone mason) and Eliza Taylor http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197364568 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1905 1905 William Wigley source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1900 1900 P. F. McConochie source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1895 1895 George Oliver source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1890 1890 George Robertson source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1889 Michael Neylon source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.

Social History

1917 The Evening Echo

William Condon, aged 17 years, a street sweeper, employed by the Melbourne City Council, with Percy Edwards, another employe of the council, entered the Fish Market Buildings, in Flinders street at 9 o’clock yesterday morning, and began to meddle with an hydraulic capstan, which is used for hauling hydraulic trucks from the railway stores. Suddenly the mechanism of the capstan was set in motion, and Condon’s left foot was caught between the rope and the revolving capstan. He was thrown to the floor and whirled round for about five minutes before the machinery was stopped. It was then, seen that the top of his head had been terribly injured, and that he was dead. Condon lived with his parents in Provost street, North Melbourne.

source: The Evening Echo



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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