39 Hawke Street

39 Hawke Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

Also known as Muckersy’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address 21.5 Hawke Street (before 1889) Source: Hatcher Index
Constructed 20/02/1883
Style Victorian, Late: 1875-1901
Architect Koch, J B
Builder Charles Nott, Normanby Road South Melbourne.

Timelapse Building Images




photographer Karl Halla


Heritage Collection North Melbourne Library

Land Details

1895 MMBW Map.

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

Building Details

MCC registration no 183 [Burchett Index].

Fee £3.10.0

Two 2-storey brick houses.

J.A.B. Koch designed many houses in Melbourne including several in Hawthorn. His premier mansion was Labassa (Ontario) constructed two years later. The tight colonnade form to the loggias and the flat wall plane above used at Oxford can be seen also at Ontario as a small segment of that rich French Renaissance Palace. These designs are a marked departure from the sombre, standard Victorian mansion in evidence adjoining at 23 Isabella Grove (also by Koch). Although this design is clearly influenced by direct European sources, its flat wall surface and red brick were being pursued by other architects of the period as part of the “Modern Italian” style.

Architects Building Type
83105 Koch, J A B Bruche, W Parkville VIC Houses Nott, Charles – Erica St Prahran 1881 03 7 8710
83222 Robertson, David South Yarra VIC Houses Nott, Charles – Erica St Prahran 1881 06 15 8824
77319 Koch, J B Muckersy, H West Melbourne VIC Houses Nott, Charles – Normanby Road 1883 02 20 183
79385 Campbell, Colin Jones, Miss Louisia Carlton VIC Houses; Shops Nott, Charles – Grandview Gve Prahran 1887 10 14 3096
82997 Webb, -(W) North Melbourne Jones, Robert Parkville VIC Houses Nott, Charles – Prahran 1888 09 5 3588
77037 Campbell, Colin Bain, George Melbourne VIC Warehouses Nott, Charles – Grand View Grve, Prahran 1888 12 0 3700
76346 Throsell, Frederick Melbourne VIC Warehouses Nott, Charles – Grandview Rd Prahran 1889 05 29 3914

Burchett Index & http://images.heritage.vic.gov.au/attachment/40819

Subsequent Building Alterations

Its original iron and bluestone fence has been replaced at some time in the past however the correct fence can be reinstalled which would add more value both visually and financial value to the whole property than the brick fence.

Architectural Features

  • Building Ornamentation

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2019

  • Doors

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2019

  • Hardware
    Other metal

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

  • Balcony
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2019

  • Building Ornamentation

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2019

  • Building Ornamentation

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2019

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2019

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Intact detailed wrought iron lace work, veranda, original windows, however the fence and gate need to be reinstated to an original bluestone and cast iron similar to house 47.

Ornate and mostly intact masonry detail on the parapet front.

39 Hawke Street is a two-story brick and bluestone building containing building fabric from the 1883 period of construction and other than the front fence, it is unaltered and mostly intact to its era. Original verandah has restored cast iron panels and lacework. Original 4 panel solid wood front door with sidelights. Original chimneys are all intact and operational.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1971 1974 Richard & Lorraine Voss Hatcher Index
1962 1970 Charles Aquilina Hatcher Index
1930 1961 Winifred & Annie Kennedy Hatcher Index
25 1929 Muckersy’s Estate Hatcher Index
1913 1924 Henry Muckersy Hatcher Index
1880 1912 Henry McKersie Hatcher Index
1835 1879 Thomas Allison and A. H. Knight purchased land 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
1971 1974 Richard & Lorraine Voss Hatcher Index
1966 1970 Charles Aquilina Hatcher Index
1963 1965 Bart Borg Hatcher Index
1957 1962 Margaret Patricia Williams Hatcher Index
1953 1956 Dorothy McNeill Williams Hatcher Index
1945 1952 Ethel Williams Hatcher Index
1942 1944 Susan Matilda Williams Hatcher Index
1941 1941 vacant Hatcher Index
1936 1940 Phylis Wheeler Hatcher Index
1933 1935 Rita Ardell Hatcher Index
1932 1932 Charles Waugh Hatcher Index
1931 1931 Michael Hogan Hatcher Index
1927 1930 William Dudley Hatcher Index
1908 1925 John Donahue Hatcher Index
1907 1907 Norah Quinn Hatcher Index
1906 1906 Patrick McGrath Hatcher Index
1905 1905 Minnie Markham Hatcher Index
1902 1902 Annie Williams Hatcher Index
1895 1901 Mrs Annie McIntyre Hatcher Index
1894 1894 James Sharp Hatcher Index
1891 1891 W Mitchell Hatcher Index
1889 1889 Martin McClure or Mark McLure Hatcher Index
1887 1888 William Wright Hatcher Index
1886 1886 Mrs McKinley Hatcher Index
1884 1885 Mrs Mary Jane Addis Sands & McDougall directory

Social History

1936. Lila Wheeler.

The Herald

1929. 39 & 41 Hawke Street to let.

The Argus

1907. Room.

The Age

1899. Francis Rennie Thomson (His Majesties Customs)

The Argus

1892. Dressmaker wanted.

The Age

1882. A.O.F. Court Hotham.

The Age

1882. William & Hester Waite.

Weekly Times

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 streetscape contains a collection of outstanding Victorian buildings because they are a particularly well preserved group from a similar period or style and because they are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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