391 King Street

391 King Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003

Also known as
Previous Address

Timelapse Building Images


Victoria Market, looking to Flagstaff Gardens.

Photographer Pratt, Charles Daniel, 1892-1968.

source: State Library of Victoria

Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW Map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan

Building Details

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Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The original Victorian period home, once the family home of the Calwell’s and many other families over time that once existed on this site was demolished.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher index
Mr. R. Hepburn, 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
1913 Albert Arthur Calwell and Margaret Annie Calwell nee McLoughlin http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201136053 source: The Age

Social History

CALWELL.—On the 19th January, at her residence, 391 King-street, West Melbourne, Margaret
Annie, the dearly loved wife of Arthur Albert Calwell (constable of police), aged 41 years.


Arthur Augustus Calwell (1896-1973), politician, was born on 28 August 1896 at the home of Arthur and Margaret Calwell, 391 King Street, West Melbourne, eldest of seven children of Arthur Albert Calwell, a police constable who was to rise to the rank of superintendent, and his wife Margaret Ann, née McLoughlin, both Victorian born. Arthur’s paternal grandfather Davis Calwell was an American, whose Ulster Protestant father had served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Davis came to Victoria in 1853 and married a diminutive Welshwoman Elizabeth Lewis who became, in Arthur’s phrase, ‘the matriarch of the tribe’. His mother, who died when he was 16, was the daughter of an Irishman Michael McLoughlin, who is thought to have deserted ship in Melbourne in 1847. Calwell recorded: ‘I grew up in [the] crowded inner [city] area, with its cottages built on fourteen-feet frontages and even less, and with evidence of human misery visible to all’. Aged 6, he suffered a near fatal attack of diphtheria, to which he attributed the high-pitched huskiness of his mature voice.

Arthur Augustus Calwell (28 August 1896 – 8 July 1973) served as the leader of the Labor Party from 1960 to 1967. He led the party to three federal elections.



Context and Streetscape

The current property is 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

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