Miller Street

Miller Street, West Melbourne, photographer Stephen Hatcher 2020

West Melbourne’s Miller Street was named after Henry Miller, born in 1809 in Derry, Northern Ireland. His father, also named Henry, was a captain in the 40th Regiment of the British Army and his mother was Jane, née Morpeth.

Henry ‘Money’ Miller

Miller Street was named in 1851 when the first permanent building, the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum, opened in extensive and unspoilt bushland. Until 1911, the asylum supported those who were needy, aged, infirm, disabled or destitute.

The Miller family had arrived in Sydney in 1824 with a boatload of convicts. In 1828 Henry junior started out as a humble clerk in Van Diemen’s Land. In 1834 he married Eliza Mattinson in Hobart and they later sailed to the new settlement of Melbourne.

Melbourne Advertiser 1840

Young Henry started work as a moneylender and financier, leading him to be known as ‘Money’ Miller. In 1849 he launched an insurance company and became its chariperson. He was later involved in establishing the state bank of Victoria and served as chairman of directors. Intriguingly, he also faced court on charges of sheep stealing.

Melbourne Advertiser 1842

The first house built on Miller Street, on the southern side, late in 1858, is thought to have been a wooden house built by Thomas McFarland. A Victorian terrace home now stands on the site at 63 Miller Street.

In 1858, Crown land purchasers in Miller Street were a veritable ‘whos’s who’ of society. John Austin Keens (lot 10) was a wholesale and retail ironmonger. Solomon Solomon (lot 9) live in Melbourne’s fashionable Collins’ Street before selling up and sailing for America.

James Taylor, a master builder, and his wife Jane lived at lot 25. Benjamin Cowderoy, first chairman of St Kilda Council, bought lot 7. He was also government valuer to the young state’s railways and probate office.

Robert Service (lot 6) saw his son James Service become Victoria’s twelfth Premier. James Watson (lot4), from County Armagh, became a local merchant and politician. John Harbison (lot 3) became M.L.A. for North Melbourne and owned Rich Hill Terrace in Dudley Street.

Just over Abbotsford Street is a block granted to the Primitive Methodist Church. The church is now gone, but the minister’s manse, built by the Thurgood brothers, still remains, now known as 660 Spencer Street.

Source: North and West Melbourne News Spring edition 2020, ‘Money Miller’ loans his name to an early new thoroughfare page 11, by Stephen Hatcher

 

Mr. Henry Miller (1809-1888), First mayor of Richmond, financier and politician, son of Henry Miller (Millar). He acquired many pastoral holdings and made a number of successful property speculations in Melbourne in his lifetime.

 

Detail from MMBW Plan 1895, Parish of Jika Jika, Parish Plan, West Melbourne.

 

Melbourne Council Street Card Number #899, street gazetted in 1860.

1 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Sturgess Terraces (1-11)
Constructed 2/5/1874
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne



3 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Sturgess Terraces (1-11)
Previous Address 2 Miller Street before 1889
Constructed 14/10/1873
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne



5 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Sturgess Terraces (1-11)
Previous Address 3 Miller Street before 1889
Constructed 14/10/1873
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne



7 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Sturgess Terraces (1-11)
Previous Address 4 Miller Street before 1889
Constructed 14/10/1873
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne



9 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Sturgess Terraces (1-11)
Previous Address 5 Miller Street before 1889 council street renumbering.
Constructed 14/10/1873
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne



11 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 6 Miller Street before 1889
Constructed 1/6/1866
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder James Oliver



13 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 7 Miller Street before 1889
Constructed 1/6/1866
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder James Oliver



14 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site
Constructed 1915
Style Federation: 1890–1915



15 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Oliver’s row
Previous Address 8 Miller Street before 1889 street renumbering by council
Constructed 27/10/1866
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder James Oliver



16 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Holywood
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site
Style Federation: 1890–1915



17 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address known as 9 Miller street before 1889
Constructed 20/9/1864
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder John Stewart



18 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Hemingford Flats, 18-20 Miller Street
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site
Style Inter-War Period : 1915 – 1940



19 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



20 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address now Hemingford Flats, 18-20 Miller Street
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site.



21 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



22 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



23 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



24 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



25 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



26 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



29 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Devon Lodge
Previous Address known as 14 Miller street before 1889
Constructed 29/8/1859
Style Victorian, Early : 1840-1860
Builder James Jefson



31 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Hope Terrace



32 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



33 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



34 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



37 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address “Allandale” Terrace



39 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address “Fortune” Terrace



40 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



41 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



42 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



43 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



44 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Valkyrie
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site
Constructed 8/8/1914
Style Federation: 1890–1915
Builder Robert Thackwary, 244 Bank St South Melbourne



45 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



46 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



47 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



48 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



51 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



53 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



55 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



56 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



57 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



58 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



59 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



60 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address The Benevolent Asylum site



61 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



63 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 23/12/1858
Builder Walter Webster



65 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 21/3/1873
Builder William Hornby, Roden Street West Melbourne



67 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 21/3/1873
Builder William Hornby, Roden Street West Melbourne



71 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



83 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed circa 1870
Builder Joseph Berry – Abbotsford



88 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



90 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 1885
Architect Mr. Evander McIver
Builder brothers James, John & Albert Thurgood



92 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 1885
Architect Mr. Evander McIver
Builder brothers James, John & Albert Thurgood



94 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



96 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



104 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



106 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



112 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



126 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



128 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



135 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed late 1860’s
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875



137 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



139 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



141 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



152 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address 3-5 Anderson Street
Previous Address 1st as Smith & Son, later as Brockhoff & Co biscuit factory
Constructed 1874
Builder Murray & Hill – 260 Victoria Pde East Melbourne