77 Capel Street

77 Capel Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address this site had an early Victorian terrace dwelling before the current building. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map

Timelapse Building Images


77 to 79 Capel Street, West Melbourne.

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

Land Details

  1. Current map
  2. 1895 MMBW map
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  4. 1859 report of the Government Land Sale

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

The historic Victorian era dwelling on this land was demolished and replaced by a two storey commercial building.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. John Harbison, 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


From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1965 1974 B. & R. Bag Co, sack merchants source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1955 1955 John Hitchen source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1910 1950 Miss. Mary Sexton source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1900 1905 Michael Sexton source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1895 1895 Archibald Dobson source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 James O’Reilly, greengrocer source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History

1896. Bias on the bench. TO THE EDITOR OF THE AGE.

Sir, — In your issue of to-day you publish a letter from a Mr. H. M. Gooch re
the Panton-Vale dispute, as he designates the recent appeal to the Full Court, and in which he refers to “the bowlings of the teetotal faddists.” Surely this is not the same Mr. Gooeh, J.P., who when before the Lormer Board admitted (according to the evidence published in “The Age” of 3rd March, 1896) that, when a Caulfield storekeeper was charged by Inspector Christie with selling beer without a licence, he (Mr. Gooch) said he would go on the bench because the storekeeper said he did not think he would get justice at the Caulfield court. If so, is not Mr. Gooeh, J.P., president of the Wine Growers’ Association, and wine and spirit merchant himself, a biassed wine faddist, and living in a glass house should not throw stones? — Yours, &c.,
77 Capel-street, West Melbourne, 20th April.

source: The Age 1898

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


The streetscape can be characterised as a mix of Victorian and modern buildings. Eight of the original seventeen single-story Victorian terrace dwellings plus some double storey commercial buildings are on its western side, south of Victoria Street, while on the eastern side, the street retains sixteen of its original thirty-six, wider sized early Victorian, two storey terrace homes, as well as two story modern public housing townhouses.

Crossing over Victoria Street to the north on the eastern side, nineteen of the original thirty-two equally fine examples of early two storey Victoria terrace dwellings can be seen, dispersed by a small number of modern two storey buildings. Unfortunately, all twenty-two of the original Victorian terrace dwellings on the western side from Victoria to Queensberry streets have all been demolished, replaced by taller modern commercial buildings that are out of character with the existing surrounding Victorian architecture of this once predominantly single and double storey residential streetscape.

Heritage of note include two 2 storey terraces at 62 and 64, both have National Trust classifications and Heritage Victoria registrations. Two more include two single storey terraces dwellings at 81 and 83 that were designed by the distinguished Australian architect, Mr. George Raymond Johnson.

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