84 Capel Street

84 Capel Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address
Style Victorian : 1840-1890

Timelapse Building Images


source: Image by Graeme Butler, made available through funding from the Public Record Office of Victoria and City of Melbourne.

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

2 storey brick terrace row built 1867. Converted to public housing units 1992.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. James Sievwright, 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
1940 1974 John Hayes source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1930 1935 Mrs Dora Hayes source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1925 1925 William Keay source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1900 1920 Mrs. Minnie Keay source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1895 1895 William Y. Nelson source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 John F. Cheeffers source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History


Melbourne, Friday. — John Alexander Wallace, a young man of about 30 years of age, who for the past three or four months had lodged at 84, Capet-street, West Melbourne, was found lying on the floor of his room with a bullet wound near
his heart, yesterday afternoon. The police were called in, and a bull dog revolver was found lying near the body. On the table were a sheet of paper with a lead pencil on it, as if Wallace had been about to write a note, and then decided not to do so. There was a box of good clothing and other effects, and some letters of a private nature. One of the letters was from Wallace’s father at Swansea, England, and there was a well written application by Wallace for a situation. There was also £1 odd in
cash. The body «was taken to the City Morgue, where an inquest will be held. It appeared from the letter that Wallace was a member of the Y.M.C.A. He must have shot himself very late on Wednesday night or early yesterday morning, when all were asleep. The only reasons assigned for the act are want of employment and
want of sufficient funds.

source: The Evening News 1889

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


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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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