500 La Trobe Street

500 La Trobe Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as James Coppell Lee foundry Source: Sands & McDougall directory 1974
Previous Address
Constructed 23/10/1893
Architect Mathews & Tapner
Builder McDonald & Chalmers, Princess Hill

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Latrobe Street west

Number: 5945

Date: 23/10/1893

Owner: Hooper & Son

Builder: McDonald & Chalmers, Princess Hill

Fee: £ 1.10.0

Type: Brick factory

source: Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

The three earlier 1850s Victorian dwellings that occupied 500, 502 and 504 Latrobe Street were demolished in 1894 to make way for a brass foundry.

Architectural Features

    No Entries Found

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The Victoria era family dwelling built on this land no longer exists, it was demolished before 1894 to make way for a new brass foundry.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1850 Mr. D. Lonergan, 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
1925 1974 James Coppell Lee, foundry source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher in 2021.
1890 1920 John Hooper & Son, brass foundry source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Stephen Hatcher in 2021.

Social History

J. HOOPER & SON, 1899
Brass, Gun Metal, and Phoshor Bronze Founders,
All kinds of patent metals made to order.
Telephone 417.

source: The Advocate 1899

TENDERS invited till 3p.m. Friday 1895, for Erection of two-storied brick Premises, 500 Latrobe-st, near Spencer-st. Plans on promise. B. W. Tapner, architect.

source: The Argus 1895

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


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