Molesworth Street

The service to early Victoria of either or both of two men accounts for this North Melbourne street name.

Sir William Molesworth, graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, shared with one other, the role of chief spokesman of the Colonial Reform Association, London, whose main policies, very liberal to the colonies, gained official adoption. Later, as Secretary for the Colonies, he drafted a Bill which reconciled conflicting definitions in three other Drafts, and gave Victoria a Constitution for responsible Government. He approved Governor Hotham’s financial policies, but severely and bluntly criticised him in other matters.

Sir Robert Molesworth, graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, in Arts and Law, practiced for several years in the Munster Circuit, South Ireland, and migrated to Adelaide in 1852, shortly afterwards moving to Melbourne. In 1854 he was appointed Solicitor General, in which capacity he had to assist the Attorney General in the futile prosecution of the Ballarat “rebels”.

Our Molesworth Street in North Melbourne is well-named.(1)

Source. (1) Northern Advertiser, Thursday, February 4, 1971 . Blanchard collection, “What’s in a Name” at North Melbourne Library. (Acknowledgments: Australian Encyclopedia. “The Golden Age” (G. Serle). “The Land Boomers” (M. Canon)).

1 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



2 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



4 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Also known as Address Verona



8 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



16 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Also known as Address M. D. McKerchar Quality Butcher shop
Constructed 1886
Architect Mr. Alexander E. Duguid



17 Molesworth Street



18 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Also known as Address Corner of Harker and Molesworth Streets
Previous Address Previously the Great Australian Bite restaurant, and earlier Mona’s Private Hotel.



30 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



31 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



32 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



34 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



42 Molesworth Street
Constructed 1865
Builder Henry Sheahan



43 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



52 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



56 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



64 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



66 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Constructed 1866
Architect Crouch & Wilson, Architects



70 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



74 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Also known as Address Marian Cottage



76 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



78 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



80 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



82 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



84 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



86 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



90 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051



98 Molesworth Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Also known as Address Daylesford