66 Chetwynd Street

66 Chetwynd Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2021

Also known as
Previous Address 66 was also known as 44 Chetwynd Street, West Melbourne before street renumbering. Source: source: Sands & McDougall directory
Constructed 6/12/1870
Style
Architect
Builder Robert Duguid, Melbourne

Timelapse Building Images

2004

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


Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW map
  2. 1859 The Argus, Crown land sale
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan

Building Details

Notice of Intention to Build.

Number: 4231

Date: 6/12/1870

Street: Chetwynd Street

Owner/Builder: Robert Duguid, Melbourne

Type: Four room brick cottage [with its own private back garden]

Fee: £1.10.0

Burchett Index


Subsequent Building Alterations

No Entries Found

Architectural Features




  • Walls
    Concrete

    photographer Sue Scarfe


  • Gate
    Cast Iron

    photographer Sue Scarfe


  • Steps
    Bluestone

    photographer Sue Scarfe


  • Building Ornamentation
    Timber

    photographer Sue Scarfe


  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    photographer Sue Scarfe


  • Path
    Tessellated

    photographer Sue Scarfe



Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

What is significant?
James Brown Spence who ran a successful confectionery business in Victoria Street, North Melbourne, commissioned local contractor, James Amess of Dryburgh Street, to build two cottages (62-64 Chetwynd Street) to the south of another less decorated cottage he owned (66) in 1884-5, uniting the three with a similar front fence design. Spence lived at 66 Chetwynd Street over a long period, until his death in 1931, aged 82. The house at 66 Chetwynd Street is thought to have been built for Latham by Robert Duguid in 1870-1 and later owned by chemist Charles Atkin and finally purchased by Spence around 1883.

source: West Melbourne Heritage Review by Graeme Butler & Associates 2015

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. Alexander Campbell, first Crown land purchaser source: 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 source: Hatcher Index

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1935 1974 Miss. Mary Henderson Spence (civil servant) source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1931 1938 Mrs Margaret Mary Henderson Spence nee Duncan http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11151473 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1890 1931 James Brown Spence and Mrs Margaret Mary Henderson Spence nee Duncan http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203021121 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1885 1885 Matthew Curtis source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1880 1880 Joseph W. Payter source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1877 1879 Mrs. McGuire source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1876 1876 Frederick Egglestone source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1875 1875 Joseph Payter source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1874 1874 Charles Dakin source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1873 1873 Mrs. Dunn source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1872 1872 George Lindsay http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4817402 source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.

Social History

1902 The Herald.

A Postponed Election.
The postponed election for the West Melbourne school board of advice will be held to-morrow from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the State school No. 1689, West Melbourne. The names of the candidates for the seven seats are set out in the following order on the ballot paper:— Joseph Batten, John Dalton, James Hanson, Annear Hugh M’Bean, Elizabeth Roth, John Shearer, James Brown Spence, Caroline Thomas, James Young. It will be noted that two ladles are candidates.

source: The Herald



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

Zoning
This information must be verified with the relevant planning or heritage authority.

Streetscape

Chetwynd Street was once predominantly a residential street with single and two storey Victorian terrace dwellings, two churches, a school and two hotels known as the Queens Arms and the Star of Hotham.

The Chetwynd streetscape today is characterised by a mix of multi-storey blocks of public flats, some modern commercial/industrial buildings, an ambulance depot, and a school.

In 2021, only fifty of the original one hundred and twenty-nine Victorian heritage dwellings once found on this street remain, compared to the 1895 Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works map.

Other Information

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