51 Hawke Street

51 Hawke Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019
Also known as Benbow’s row house (51 & 53) Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address 37 Hawke Street (before 1889) Source: Hatcher Index
Constructed 5/7/1871
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Architect
Builder William Chrystal of Victoria street West Melbourne

Timelapse Building Images

1983

photographer: Graeme Butler

1920

said to have been taken from the rear of 51 Hawke Street in the 1920’s.

from the “George” family

Land Details

Building Details

1872 Melbourne City Council building application registration no 4469.

1895 MMBW map.

source: http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

William Chrystal lived on Victoria Street West Melbourne between Abbotsford and Lothian Street. He was a successful master builder in Melbourne, his other work can be seen below.

Building Type
71108 Gillies,- West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William 1860 08 4 441
71872 Donald, – West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1862 03 11 93
72123 Mundy, Charles West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William 1862 08 20 316
71876 Chrystal, William – 136 Victoria St West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William 1862 11 24 455
77478 Scott, – West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1863 01 21 31
72126 Young, James West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1863 11 12 408
74779 Paton, Andrew Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1864 06 15 311
72131 Gillies, William West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1864 11 2 542
77485 Taylor, James West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1864 12 6 600
71885 Chrystal, William – Melbourne West Melbourne VIC Factories Chrystal, William – 1865 08 1 1001
72246 Grearson, Mrs West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1866 01 31 1306
71689 Rose, James West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbounre 1866 09 19 1662
72635 McLellan,- West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourn e 1866 10 9 1699
77279 Meres, Mrs West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1867 04 22 2010
77280 James, G West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1867 05 30 2081
77281 James, John West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1867 10 22 2274
74225 Mc Dowell, John Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1868 05 14 2624
85974 Yeaman, John Fitzroy VIC Houses Chrystal, William – 136 Victoria St West Melbourne 1869 06 18 3298
71896 Stooks, George West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – 136 Victoria St 1869 12 7 3607
75118 Turner, James & Son Melbourne VIC Shops Chrystal, William – Mebourne 1870 01 31 3698
77293 McLellan, Robert West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1870 02 10 3725
77300 Benbow, William West Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1871 07 5 4469
81211 Condell, W Vallance East Melbourne VIC Houses Chrystal, William 1872 11 19 5138
76282 Condell, W V Melbourne VIC Warehouses Chrystal, William – Melbourne 1873 05 29 5411
73225 Turner, James & Son Melbourne VIC Warehouses Chrystal, William – 136 Victoria St W 1873 12 5 5691
13837 Hudson & Wardrop Yeaman, John VIC Funerary; Garden & Street Architecture Chrystal, William – 136 Victoria St West Melbourne 1927 11 11 3298

source 1 http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au / source 2 https://www.mileslewis.net/australian-architectural

Subsequent Building Alterations

The corrugated roof was replaced in 2017.

2017

Architectural Features


  • Doors
    Wire

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Chimney
    Brick

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Gate
    Wire

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Roof
    Steel

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Lacework
    Concrete

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Fin Wall
    Brick

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Walls
    Render

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Balcony
    Concrete

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Steps
    Bluestone

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Building Ornamentation
    Concrete

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019


  • Windows
    Timber

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

A single story brick cement rendered and painted 1871 Victorian style terrace home built in the “Filigree” style, a style distinguished through use of cast iron ornament, with a level paved area in front on with a deep back yard ideal for a garden.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
1974 to date Private Hatcher Index
1972 1974 Antonio & Luiguia Piredda Hatcher Index
1970 1972 Paul & Vicky Attard Hatcher Index
1939 1970 Stamaitia Zographon Hatcher Index
1920 1937 Charles R W Johnston Hatcher Index
1915 1920 Ellen Donoghue Hatcher Index
1906 1915 John Craig Hatcher Index
1902 1906 Jos & Thos McDonald Hatcher Index
1888 1902 Mrs Sarah Benbow http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article192203126 Hatcher Index
1872 1888 William & Sarah Anne Benbow (née Weir) https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au Hatcher Index
1853 1872 Thomas Allison and A. H. Knight purchased land 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 Hatcher Index

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
1972 1974 Antonio & Luiguia Piredda Hatcher Index
1970 1972 Paul & Vicky Attard Hatcher Index
1969 1970 Francis Piscopo Hatcher Index
1967 1969 G and Maria Baldachino Hatcher Index
1966 1967 vacant Hatcher Index
1963 1966 Mick Mirgiannis Hatcher Index
1961 1963 Peter Petronis Hatcher Index
1957 1958 Peter Salahos Hatcher Index
1956 1957 Stan Tzavaras Hatcher Index
1943 1956 William Rudolph Robinson & Ann Marie Robinson (nee Hatcher Index
1942 1943 James Costas Hatcher Index
1939 1942 V & Stamartia Zographon Hatcher Index
1920 1938 Charles Robert William Johnston (Railway Engineer) & Mary Elizabeth Johnston (nee Walton) https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/ Hatcher Index
1917 1920 John Baird & Hilda Alma Margaret Baird (nee Schrader) https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au Hatcher Index
1915 1917 Ellen Donoghue Hatcher Index
1910 1915 John Sawyer Hatcher Index
1909 1910 Dan Murray Hatcher Index
1907 1909 Robert Ming Hatcher Index
1906 1907 Ernest Faieles Hatcher Index
1904 1906 John Calder Hatcher Index
1903 1904 Samuel Charles Hatcher Index
1899 1903 William & Charlotte Stevens Hatcher Index
1898 1899 John Beale Hatcher Index
1894 1898 David Dixon Hatcher Index
1892 1893 Mrs Butters Hatcher Index
1890 1891 Alexander & Mary Ann Westwood Hatcher Index
1889 1890 Henry Jennings Hatcher Index
1874 1889 William & Sarah Anne Benbow (née Weir) https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au Hatcher Index
1872 1874 George Carleton Hatcher Index

Social History

Said to have been taken in the back yard of 51 Hawke Street West Melbourne.

the “George” family


1901. Sale of 51 & 53.

The Age



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

Streetscape

This streetscape contains a collection of outstanding Victorian buildings because they are a particularly well preserved group from a similar period or style and because they are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

Other Information

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