56 Chapman Street

56 Chapman Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Sue Scarfe
Also known as Waterdale
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Timelapse Building Images

Source: North Melbourne Library

1970’s

Waterdale, 56 Chapman Street, North Melbourne. The former home of William Leeming. Now Uncle Bob’s Club, part of the Royal Children’s Hospital. This is the interior showing the impressive chandelier and the pressed metal ceiling.

North Melbourne Library

1970’s

Waterdale interior.

North Melbourne Library

1890s

Rear of 56 Chapman Street, North Melbourne.

Waterdale 56 Chapman Street

ID: 20540
Copyright: library owns image (image on public access)
Org ID: Historic Buildings 151

Description: Waterdale. 56 Chapman Street, North Melbourne. Former home of William Leeming.
Subject: historic buildings

Source: North Melbourne Library

Land Details

Building Details

1895 Villa residence for William Leeming Esquire (Bootmaker)

ID: 19406
Creator: Brearley, F J
Copyright: library does not own image (image not on public access)
Org ID: Historic Buildings 117

Description: With permission of State Library of Victoria. F J Brearley’s drawing of Mr Leeming’s residence, Waterdale in Chapman Street. Building and Engineering Journal of Australia and New Zealand 26.10.1895
Subject: houses

Please Contact:

Melbourne Library Service

Image held by Melbourne Library Service
Phone: (03)9658 9700
Email: library@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Website: Melbourne Library Service

source: Picture Victoria

Subsequent Building Alterations

source: https://librarysearch.melbourne.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/OPAC/ARCENQ/23240322/17799857,71?FMT=IMG

Architectural Features


  • Fence
    Bluestone

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Gate
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Gate
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Walls
    Render

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Steps
    Bluestone

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Gate
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer


  • Gate
    Cast Iron

    Sue Scarfe photographer

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Owners

No Entries Found

Residents

No Entries Found

Social History

William Leeming was a boot maker and an owner of 56 Chapman Street home in North Melbourne as can be seen from the Sands & McDougall directory listing back in 1900.

Sands & McDougall directory 1900


c1900 William Leeming and his Chinese gardener

ID: 20473
Copyright: library owns image (image on public access)
Org ID: People 23

Description: William Leeming at his home in Chapman Street with his Chinese gardener. Mr Leeming owned a boot store in Errol Street. His home, Waterdale, later became part of the Royal Childrens Hospital. However, this photo may be at an earlier property in the same street.
Subject: shopkeepers

source: https://www.picturevictoria.vic.gov.au/site/melbourne/NorthMelbourne/20473.html


c1893-85 Winifred Leeming and her pets

ID: 20270
Copyright: library owns image (image on public access)
Org ID: People 16

Description: Winnie Leeming and her pets. The Leemings lived in Chapman Street. Later they built a grander home in the same street called Waterdale. Sadly, Winnie had a short life, dying in 1909, aged 20. So it’s nice to know she had a happy childhood.

source: https://www.picturevictoria.vic.gov.au/site/melbourne/NorthMelbourne/20270.html


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