51 Capel Street

51 Capel Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as Union Cottages Source: 1895 Sands & McDougal directory
Previous Address known today as 47 to 53, it was once a single Victorian terrace dwelling before the current building. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Constructed (1st) 1864, (2nd) 1960s
Style
Architect
Builder (1) Laurens & Noonan

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

  1. Current map
  2. 1895 MMBW map
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  4. 1859 report of the Government Land Sale

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Capel street

Number: 166

Date 29/3/1864

Owner & Builder: Laurens & Noonan, Melbourne

Fee: £ 4.0.0

Type: Four cottages, [all with their own private back yard garden]

Other significant building works tba

source: Burchett Index


Subsequent Building Alterations

The original four cottages were demolished between 1960 to 1965, replaced by the current building on this site.

Architectural Features



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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The historic Victorian dwelling on this land was demolished and replaced by a two storey office building with basement parking.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1860 Messrs. John Lawrence and James Noonan, 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

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1965 1974 Santalucia A & Sons P/L, produce merchants source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1950 1960 Mrs. Charlotte Slone source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1940 1945 James Neal source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1935 1935 Henry Neal source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1930 1930 James E. Bell source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1925 1925 Stanley L. Ferguson source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1920 1920 Mrs. Margaret Davoren source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1915 1915 Harru Isaac source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1910 1910 Robert McCall source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1905 1905 Joseph Mutton source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1900 1900 Miss. Jane Allison source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1895 1895 Thomas Beveridge source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 Michael McSweeney source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History

1892. BEVERIDGE.—On the 16th January, at 51 Capel-street, West Melbourne, the wife of Thomas Beveridge of a son.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197977751

source: Leader 1892



Context and Streetscape

Precinct

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

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

Streetscape

The streetscape can be characterised as a mix of Victorian and modern buildings. Eight of the original seventeen single-story Victorian terrace dwellings plus some double storey commercial buildings are on its western side, south of Victoria Street, while on the eastern side, the street retains sixteen of its original thirty-six, wider sized early Victorian, two storey terrace homes, as well as two story modern public housing townhouses.

Crossing over Victoria Street to the north on the eastern side, nineteen of the original thirty-two equally fine examples of early two storey Victoria terrace dwellings can be seen, dispersed by a small number of modern two storey buildings. Unfortunately, all twenty-two of the original Victorian terrace dwellings on the western side from Victoria to Queensberry streets have all been demolished, replaced by taller modern commercial buildings that are out of character with the existing surrounding Victorian architecture of this once predominantly single and double storey residential streetscape.

Heritage of note include two 2 storey terraces at 62 and 64, both have National Trust classifications and Heritage Victoria registrations. Two more include two single storey terraces dwellings at 81 and 83 that were designed by the distinguished Australian architect, Mr. George Raymond Johnson.

Other Information

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