8 Hawke Street

8 Hawke Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
source: Stephen Hatcher, 2019
Also known as Claremont Terrace 1868-1890, then known as Mary Terrace from 1895 onwards. Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address 3 Hawke Street (before 1889) Source: Hatcher Index
Constructed 1/4/1869
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder Alexander McIntosh of 186 King Street

Timelapse Building Images




photographer: Graeme Butler

Land Details

Building Details

Melbourne council building application number 3126.

This terrace home along with the other 4 in the row were built and owned by Mr Alexander McIntosh. Houses 4 and 6 were built in the first stage in 1868, then houses 8 and 10 were built in 1869 and finally house 12 was built in 1870.

As if building wasn’t enough, McIntosh also owned and run a very successful wholesale & retail grocery, wine and spirit store at 186 King Street West Melbourne with his wife in the 1880’s.

Street addresses were changed in 1889 and that address on King street east side, somewhere between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets in Melbourne.

1 – 8
Architects Building Type
71992 McIntosh, Alexander Melbourne VIC Warehouses McIntosh, Alexander 1854 09 12 1627
77283 McIntosh, A West Melbourne VIC Houses McIntosh, A – 186 King St 1868 08 21 2772
77285 McIntosh, A – West Melbourne VIC Houses McIntosh, A – Melbourne 1869 04 1 3126
77292 McIntosh, A West Melbourne VIC Houses McIntosh, A – Melbourne 1870 01 14 3664
72730 McIntosh, A Melbourne VIC Houses McIntosh, A – Melboourne 1871 08 16 4516
82788 McIntosh, Alexander Parkville VIC Houses McIntosh, Alexander 1872 09 20 5018
72785 McIntosh, Alex West Melbourne VIC Houses McIntosh, Alex 1876 02 14 6649
78748 McIntosh, Alex Carlton VIC Houses Rankine, William – Station St 1883 10 8 523


Subsequent Building Alterations

No Entries Found

Architectural Features

  • Building Ornamentation

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

  • Building Ornamentation
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Intact detailed wrought iron lace work, veranda and original window.

Ornate and intact masonry detail on the parapet front.

North and West Melbourne Conservation Study – Graeme Butler

6 Hawke Street is a one-story brick and bluestone building containing building fabric from the 1876 period of construction. The fence has been modified but its Victorian facade elements remain mostly intact. Original 4 panel solid wood front door with overlight intact. Original chimneys are intact and operational.

4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 Hawke Street were built in stages by Alexander McIntosh of 186 King Street who also built a number of other significant houses and buildings in and around Melbourne.

What is significant?

The Crown Grantee for this land and a King Street grocer, Alexander McIntosh, applied to build this row of five five-room brick houses over three stages extending from 1868 to 1870.

The row took the name Claremont Terrace, later Mary Terrace. Alexander died wealthy in 1884.

William McCarthy was a later owner of the row and lived with wife Margaret in number 4 until his death in 1901.

A `Gentleman’ at his death, his last will was signed with his mark, an `X’, indicative of the self-made entrepreneurs in the Melbourne early area.

Typically the other houses were leased out.

Contributory elements include:

• one storey parapeted stuccoed cottage row of five, distinguished by the sweep in the parapet line with change of level;

• simple cemented cornice moulds, brackets;

• face brick side and rear walls, gabled dividing walls expressed above the roof;

• pitched roof behind the parapet clad with corrugated iron, with cemented and corniced chimneys also early white terra-cotta pots;

• concave roof front verandah with panelled cast-iron serpentine frieze and brackets;

• double-hung sash windows;

• four-panel entry door and toplight; and

• contribution to valuable Victorian-era streetscape.

Publicly visible side wall rendered.

source: West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1972 1974 Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works Hatcher Index
1963 1970 Simone & Lucia Tate Hatcher Index
1955 1962 Sebastiano Amenta Hatcher Index
1939 1954 Percy Russell Wright Hatcher Index
1923 1937 Charles & Mary Wright Hatcher Index
1914 1922 McCarthy’s Estate Hatcher Index
1908 1913 Mrs Margaret McCarthy Hatcher Index
1902 1907 McCarthyTrustees Hatcher Index
1885 1901 William & Margaret McCarthy Hatcher Index
1869 1884 Alexander McIntosh Hatcher Index
1868 Alexander McIntosh (vacant land) 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 Hatcher Index


From To Resident More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1972 1974 Grace Elliott Hatcher Index
1963 1970 Simone & Lucia Tate Hatcher Index
1956 1962 Sebastiano Amenta Hatcher Index
1939 1954 Percy Russell Wright Hatcher Index
1923 1937 Charles & Mary Wright Hatcher Index
1917 1922 Mrs Rosanna Kelly Hatcher Index
1912 1916 Joseph Dowling Hatcher Index
1911 1911 Thomas Pratt Hatcher Index
1910 1910 William Peirce Hatcher Index
1906 1909 Alice Conboy Hatcher Index
1905 1905 Jesse F Albon Hatcher Index
1896 1904 John Higgins Hatcher Index
1894 1895 Thomas Wood Hatcher Index
1893 1893 Charles Taylor Hatcher Index
1892 1892 James O’Connell Hatcher Index
1890 1890 Mrs Stevens Hatcher Index
1886 1889 Patrick D’Arcy Hatcher Index
1881 1885 William or Miles McInnes Hatcher Index
1880 1880 Robert Hood Hatcher Index
1874 1876 Isaac Davis Hatcher Index
1870 1872 James Brown Hatcher Index

Social History

If you know more about any earlier families who had a direct connection to this inspiring period home, we encourage you to contact us and share their stories and old photos today.

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 streetscape contains a collection of outstanding Victorian buildings because they are a particularly well preserved group from a similar period or style and because they are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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