596 Queensberry Street

596 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Felicity Jack 2020

Also known as
Previous Address

Timelapse Building Images


photographer, Graeme Butler


image held by North Melbourne Library, photographer Karl Halla.


Front door detail

photographer, Graeme Butler

Land Details

Building Details

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Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes


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Social History

A building on the Victorian Heritage Register and considered to be of state Importance.

This eye-catching house, which has seven rooms and a cellar, was built in 1857 for Alex McDonald, a prominent coachbuilder of the time. You can see his name on the parapet. He lived in the house until 1873 and then leased it. The Australian Deposit and Mortgage Bank bought it in 1906.

Its Gothic Revival style has been more usually associated with ecclesiastical buildings such as parsonages, not the case here. The immediate streetscape maintains a 19th century look, even though it has the mixed-use character of much of North Melbourne and the house continues to stand out.

Historic Pubs of North Melbourne by Hotham History Project.

North Melbourne’s Oldest House

image source: North Melbourne Library

source: North Melbourne News, 11th February 1971.

Context and Streetscape




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