87 Chetwynd Street

87 Chetwynd Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher 2021

Also known as
Previous Address 87 was also known as 39 Chetwynd Street, Hotham before street renumbering. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Constructed 1912
Builder W. G. Ireland

Timelapse Building Images


photographer: Graeme Butler

Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW Map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan

Building Details

A start has been made with the erection of the new court’ house on land owned by the State Goverhment between Little Leveson and Chetwynd-street and adjacent to to the watchhouse. The building will be one storied, of brick, with cement facings. Besides the court itself, there will be a clerk’s office, magistrates’ room, and witness’ room. The building will face Chetwynd-st.; and there will be a sort of colonnade in front. It is anticipated it will be completed in three or four months, and it is probable some sort of social function will mark the laying of the foundation stone. The contractor is Mr. W. G. Ireland, and the building is being erected under the supervision of the Public Works Department.

source: North Melbourne Courier

Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes


From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
Mr. John Alison and Andrew H. Knight, first Crown land purchasers 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
1920 1974 North Melbourne Court House source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.
1901 1915 North Melbourne Police Station source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lindsay Thomas in 2020.

Social History

1901 The Herald.

Again a large crowd assembled in the vicinity of the North Melbourne Courthouse, this morning, in the expectation of
viewing the proceedings in connection with James Walsh, who Is charged with maliciously wounding George Hill, the man who succumbed to his frightful injuries yesterday.
Again were the curious disappointed, as the formalities that had to be gone through were carried out by Mr W. H. Fuller, .J.P., in the watch house-keeper’s office. Mr J. Barwise, J.P., was also In
Walsh was brought from the cell across the yard to the office, by Detective Fryer and Constable D. J. M’Sweeny, Sergeant Shields. Watch house-keeper M’Sweeny, and other police. Accused looked composed and his demeanor towards the justice was respectful.
His figure is somewhat stout and his face full and boyish. He was dressed in a plain sac suit, and had a small wound on the lower lip, nearly healed.
Mr Fuller informed the prisoner that he would be remanded till the 12th, on a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
“Any bail, sir” asked Walsh in a low voice He was told by the justice’s it he had better make that application to the Coroner, this afternoon.
The prisoner then walked quietly back to the cell under escort.

source: The Herald

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.


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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