50 Provost Street

50 Provost Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address 52-50 Provost Street Source: from the 1895 MMBW map

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  3. The Argus, 1854 Government Land Sale, Mr. T. Fulton and others, first Crown land purchasers

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 desirable pair of Victorian era terrace dwellings with their own large private back yard garden that once existed on this site was demolished and replaced by a single storey brick Edwardian workshop.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1854 Mr. T. Fulton and others, first Crown land purchasers 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
1974 1974 G. Shepherd P/L source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1970 1970 not available source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1955 1965 Don Auto Wreckers http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224447591 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1914 Regia Manufacturing Company http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10803946 source: The Argus
1890 1890 Mrs. Julia Feeney source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.
1889 1889 Mrs. Alice Miller source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher.

Social History

1914 The Argus

– At Eleven O’clock. On the Premises, 52 PROVOST STREET (Close to Abbotsford Street), NORTH MELBOURNE.
and PLANT.
In the Assigned Estate of Messrs. SEMMENS and HILL
(Trading as Regia Manufacturing Company), By Order of G. M. FOSBERY, Esq. Trustee. Complete ELECTRIC-PL1TING PLANT.
Carpenters’ Benches – OAK and RED PINE.
ARTHUR TUCKETT and SON, Auctioneers.

source: The Argus

Context and Streetscape


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

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


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.

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