39 Provost Street

39 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address
Constructed 1st before 1860, 2nd 1933
Style
Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

No Entries Found

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

1939 The Argus

New D.F. Brick Villa built about six years ago.

source: The Argus


Subsequent Building Alterations

No Entries Found

Architectural Features



    No Entries Found


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. 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
1950 1974 Mrs. N. J. McIntosh source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1950 1965 Harold R. and Mrs. N. J. McIntosh source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1945 1945 John T. Brown source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1940 1940 Mrs. E. V. Brown source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1935 1935 Mrs. Eliza R. Brown source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1915 1915 Frederick Hossack source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1910 Joseph Young (cab prop) (24) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.

Social History

1909 North Melbourne Courier

Joseph Youngs said he was a cab driver, and on the 9th, saw the last witness knocked down by a “mail-cart in Errol-st. The wheel hit her but witness could not say whether the wheel went over her. He did not see the driver of the cart. The driver of the cart was on the wrong side of the road.

source: North Melbourne Courier



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

[93]

Copyright status: This work is in copyright.
Conditions of use: Use of this work allowed provided the creators name and Hotham History Project Inc are acknowledged.

If you or someone you know has any more to add either by old photos or stories of this area, please contact us today. Email info@hothamhistory.org.au