55 Hawke Street

55 Hawke Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

Also known as Sharrow’s row house. Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address 39 Hawke Street (before 1889) Source: Hatcher Index
Constructed 17/4/1878
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Builder Mr T. F. Murphy

Timelapse Building Images


Showing 37 (LHS) to 55 Hawke Street (RHS)

Photographer: Stephen Hatcher


“Cisco Kid” on horseback
55 Hawke Street over left shoulder.

photographer: Viva Gibb


Showing 13 (LHS) to 55 Hawke Street (RHS)

Photographer Graeme Butler

Land Details

Part of allotment 16 within Section 55

The land where 53 Hawke Street is located on allotments 16 of Section 55 of the 1853 Crown land sale as seen on the map below.

Crown (VIC) Land Sale May 1853 Age Wed 4th May 1853
First Land Purchaser Allison and Knight Age Wed 4th May 1854

Building Details

1878 Melbourne City Council building application registration no 7588.


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

Subsequent Building Alterations

The terrace home remains mostly unrenovated inside. It’s fence was replaced in the 1960’s and it’s corrugated iron roof was replaced with terracotta tiles some time in the past.

Architectural Features

  • Doors

    Photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Building Ornamentation

    Photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Building Ornamentation

    Photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Doors
    Cast Iron

    Photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Doors
    Cast Iron

    Photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    Photographer Stephen Hatcher

  • Doors

    Photographer Stephen Hatcher

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

A single story brick cement rendered and painted 1878 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.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1974 to date Private Hatcher Index
1950 1974 Nicola & Angela Guida Hatcher Index
1942 1949 Ellen McGann Hatcher Index
1935 1941 John Morton Wallace Hatcher Index
1927 1934 Mary Robinson Smith Hatcher Index
1921 1926 Marshall Theophilus Smith Hatcher Index
1898 1920 Mary Sharrow Hatcher Index
1879 1896 James Sharrow Hatcher Index
1853 1878 John Allison and A. H. Knight purchased land Hatcher Index
abt 40 thousand years earlier 1837 Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Victoria Hatcher Index


From To Resident More Info Data Source
1974 to date Private Hatcher Index
1949 1974 Nicola & Angela Guida Hatcher Index
1942 1950 Henry John Sampson Hatcher Index
1934 1941 Herbert Adolphus Haines & Dorothy May Haines (nee Wade) https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au Hatcher Index
1932 1933 Gwen Phillips Hatcher Index
1930 1931 Mrs Hanna Bird Hatcher Index
1922 1929 Mrs Mary Robinson Smith Hatcher Index
1921 1921 Cath Rennie Hatcher Index
1919 1920 Elizabeth Parkinson Hatcher Index
1917 1918 Henry E Ferns Hatcher Index
1916 1916 John Baird Hatcher Index
1915 1915 Charles Ness Hatcher Index
1895 1914 James Horatio O’Connell & Bridgt Ellen O’Connell nee Doherty https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au Hatcher Index
1894 1894 Henry Warden Hatcher Index
1889 1892 Henry Rowley Hatcher Index
1884 1885 James McKellop Hatcher Index
1883 1883 William Comly Hatcher Index
1880 1882 Mrs Betsy Edwards Hatcher Index

Social History

1939. Dorothy May Haines and Robert Stewart engagement.

The Age

1928. Mrs W. W. Smith.
Union Memorial branch of the P.W.M.U.

The Argus

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


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.

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