361 Queensberry Street

361 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as Shannon and Shamrock Hotel Source: 1895 MMBW map
Previous Address
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875

Timelapse Building Images


Image held by North Melbourne Library, photographer, Graeme Butler


source: Rob Oke

Land Details

  1. Current map
  2. 1895 MMBW map
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  4. Crown Land Auction 1859

Building Details

No Entries Found

Subsequent Building Alterations

No Entries Found

Architectural Features

  • Building Ornamentation

    photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Hardware
    Cast Iron

    photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Walls

    photographer Stephen Hatcher

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. A. Flanagan, 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


From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1895 1905 Miss. E. Davis, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 Mrs. Mary Walsh, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1877 1878 Mrs. E. Spencer, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1876 1876 Miss. White, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1875 1875 Mrs Stebbing, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1873 1874 George G. Austin, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1872 1872 Edward Grieve, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1869 1871 Patrick D’Arcy, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1862 1868 James Walsh, Shannon & Shamrock Hotel source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History


Melbourne, 28th January To-day a specially-appointed court, to deal with the local option poll at North Melbourne, was held. Judge Gaunt, Mr. Keogh. P.M., and Dr. Cole, P.M., constituted the court, which was for the purpose of inquiring into the respective merit” of several licensed houses, which were to complete the 37 out of a total of 37 which are to be closed.

source: Bendigo Advertiser 1904

1864. Hotham. — (Before the Mayor, Messrs Moore, Aitkon and Davis.

Henry Emmerson, alias Williamson, was brought up, on remand, charged with cutting and stabbing one Michael Maloney. The prosecutor, who is a bootmaker residing in Madeline street, deposed that he recollected the 4th inst. On the evening of that day he was in the Shannon and Shamrock Hotel, Queensberry street. The prisoner, who was there with a woman, called for a glass of ale and one of porter, for which he did not appear willing to pay, and was accordingly put out by Mr Walsh, the landlord.

The prisoner having knocked at the door, Walsh went out to him, as did also witness. Walsh and the prisoner were standing outside together, and the minute witness went out the prisoner hit him with a knife he held in his hand, the blow falling on his temple and back of his ear. He fell down and Walsh took him into tho hotel, washed the wound and sent for Dr. Moore.
Witness was taken home in a cab the following morning and afterwards to the Melbourne Hospital, where he remained from the 8th until the 19th of the present month. Had no dispute or words with the prisoner. Did not recollect over having seen him before. The prisoner did not appear to be drunk or to have been drinking. Did not see the knife, but was sure he had been cut with some sharp instrument.
Cross-examined by the prisoner : Mr Walsh came out first. I did not. Mr Walsh went out first, and : I followed him. I was not the first to come down off the stop. I had taken some drink, but was not the worse of drink. I had a glass of ale, a nobbler of brandy and a bottle of gingerbeer at Walsh’s. I had some at home during tho day, and had a glass of ale at a friend’s. I was not drunk, but able to take care of myself. Thomas Cockman, a bricklayer, residing in Errol street, deposed that he was at the Shannon and Shamrock Hotel about twelve o’clock on the night of the 4th. inst. The prisoner was there. He came in with a woman and called for a glass of ale and a glass of porter. The
woman called the landlord’s attention to the prisoner not having paid, and he turned him out of the house. Afterwards, prisoner knocked at the door, and Mr Walsh went out and was immediately followed by the last witness, Maloney.  When Walsh stepped out into the street, Maloney followed him, and tho prisoner put himself into a fighting attitude towards him.
They had a tussle together, and Maloney came down. The prisoner made a kick, at him which fell short, and he then ran away and stood opposite the Wesleyan chapel, while witness and Walsh were carrying Maloney into the hotel. Maloney was unable to walk, and witness thought he was going to die. The blood was flowing down his shoulder and waistcoat. It was some time before they found out the wound. Maloney fell on his hands and knees against the building. Did not see his head strike the ground. Could not tell how the wound was inflicted. It was dark. Did not see anything in prisoner’s hand.
Cross-examined by the prisoner : I cannot say who struck first. I think both struck together. If Maloney had helped Walsh to put you out I would, have seen him. Mr Walsh, the landlord of the Shannon and Shamrock Hotel, corroborated the prosecutor and last witness. Dr. Moore, a legally qualified medical practitioner, stated that he was called on the night of the 4th inst. to see Maloney. On examining him he found two wounds on the side of his head, one a little above the ear and close to the temple, and the other at the back of the ear. The latter was a slight skin mark, and appeared as if the skin had been cut by the withdrawal of the instrument with which the other wound had been inflicted.
Witness considered that the after consequences of the wounds might be dangerous. Maloney was sober, but appeared to have been drinking. Constable Pagan deposed to having arrested the prisoner on the 11th inst., and taking him to the Melbourne Hospital to be identified by Molonpy. He cautioned him in the usual manner, and the prisoner then told him that he went to Walsh’s Hotel on the night of the 4th inst., in company with a woman, that Walsh put him out and that Walsh and Malouoy afterwards came out and both were going to strike him that at the time he was in such a temper he would have struck Maloney in the heart. The prisoner, who reserved his defense, was committed for trial. — The remaining were small debt cases of no public interest.
photo Henry Emmerson, source Public Records Office of Victoria, VPRS 515/P0000, Central Register for Male Prisoners 12888 – 13327 (1875)

source: The Age 1864

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 information must be verified with the relevant planning or heritage authority.


The Capel streetscape can be characterised as a mix of Victorian and modern buildings. Eight of the original seventeen single-story Victorian terrace dwellings plus some double storey commercial buildings are on its western side, south of Victoria Street, while on the eastern side, the street retains sixteen of its original thirty-six, wider sized early Victorian, two storey terrace homes, as well as two story modern public housing townhouses.

Crossing over Victoria Street to the north on the eastern side, nineteen of the original thirty-two equally fine examples of early two storey Victoria terrace dwellings can be seen, dispersed by a small number of modern two storey buildings. Unfortunately, all twenty-two of the original Victorian terrace dwellings on the western side from Victoria to Queensberry streets have all been demolished, replaced by taller modern commercial buildings that are out of character with the existing surrounding Victorian architecture of this once predominantly single and double storey residential streetscape.

Heritage of note include two 2 storey terraces at 62 and 64, both have National Trust classifications and Heritage Victoria registrations. Two more include two single storey terraces dwellings at 81 and 83 that were designed by the distinguished Australian architect, Mr. George Raymond Johnson.

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