569 Queensberry Street

569 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Felicity Jack

Also known as The King’s Arms Hotel [13] 1855-1939, later the Avalon boarding house
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The King’s Arms Hotel [13] 1855-1939, later the Avalon Guest House, corner of Queensbury and Curzon Streets, North Melbourne [Vic.] [picture] / K. J. Halla.

Use of this work allowed provided the creator and SLV acknowledged. Accession no: H36133/299

K. J. Halla photographer held by State Library of Victoria

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Social History

569 Queensberry St, SE corner Queensberry and Curzon Streets.

The King’s Arms Hotel [13] 1855-1939, later the Avalon boarding house, now used as offices and residence.

Graded B (of regional or metropolitan significance) in the Melbourne City Council’s North and West Melbourne Conservation Study 1983.

An owner

John Davies, a Welshman, first president of the new municipality of Hotham, member of the Legislative Council 1861-1864 and an owner of the King’s Arm’s, later made a name for himself as a winemaker with a vineyard in Moonee Ponds. The licence was moved from what was an original site in Madeline Street, which we now know as Swanston Street.

The building

Even today, the building has a strong visual presence. It is made up of two connected buildings with their roofs at different heights and a strong moulded tying them visually at street level. Of the many former hotels in North Melbourne, this one is easily recognised as an early building, particularly because of its simple lines.

The 1920’s-1930’s

During this time, part of the building was a bicycle shop and a penny farthing, an early bicycle with one big and one small wheel, was hung high above the doorway and was an important local landmark .

Historic Pubs of North Melbourne by Hotham History Project.

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