Commercial Bank of Australia (Former)
145-147 Nelson Place WILLIAMSTOWN, Hobsons Bay City
Nelson Place Heritage Precinct
Statement of Significance
The former Commercial Bank of Australia, now shops and residences, designed by Michael Egan and constructed in 1869, at 145-147 Nelson Place, Williamstown.How is it Significant?
The former Commercial Bank of Australian, now shops and residences at 145-47 Nelson Place, Williamstown are of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobsons Bay.Why is it Significant?
Historically, they demonstrate the development of Nelson Place during the nineteenth century when it was the major commercial precinct in Williamstown. Number 145 is of particular interest as the premises of the first CBA branch in Williamstown and also as the baker's shop of the locally important Henry Douch. (AHC criteria A4 and H1)
Aesthetically, they are significant as representative examples of mid-nineteenth century commercial buildings that contribute to the historic character of the Nelson Place precinct. (AHC criterion E1)
Commercial Bank of Australia (Former) - Physical Description 1
A superficially dissimilar stuccoed two storey shop and residence pair with common cornice and string moulds, and segment arched and architraved windows but differing in the above cornice parapet decoration. Presumably both looked similar to Nos. 141- 143 until the bank made superficial changes to 145 (after acquiring it c1887) which were matched in a weak form on No. 147. Number 145 has a balustraded and piered parapet on either side of gabled raised entablature whilst a shallower gable has been grafted onto 147. The grand eight-panel door- pair, set beside the pilaster division, is indicative of its former bank role: most of the timber shopfront survives beside it.
Number 147's shopfront has been replaced, No. 145's altered in detail only; the street verandahs have been removed.
Commercial Bank of Australia (Former) - Integrity
External Integrity and condition
Integrity - Moderate. Condition - Good.
Commercial Bank of Australia (Former) - Physical Description 2
Contributes to the Nelson Place precinct as part of a group of related two storey Victorian era shops and residences.
Commercial Bank of Australia (Former) - Historical Australian Themes
Developing local, regional and national economies, Marketing & retailing
Commercial Bank of Australia (Former) - Physical Description 3
Commercial Bank of Australia, Henry Douch
Heritage Study and Grading
Hobsons Bay - Hobsons Bay Heritage Study
Author: Hobsons Bay City Council
FORMER MORGUEVictorian Heritage Register H1512
WILLIAMSTOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL NO. 1183Victorian Heritage Register H1639
RESIDENCEVictorian Heritage Register H0487
"AMF Officers" ShedMoorabool Shire
"AQUA PROFONDA" SIGN, FITZROY POOLVictorian Heritage Register H1687