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Pakenham St

North to south.

Pakenham Street was named after Lt H Pakenham, of HMS Challenger. Mouat, Henry and Pakenham Sts are the 'lieutenant streets' (my coinage) being named respectively after the first, second, and third lieutenants on board Capt Fremantle's ship: J.A. Mouat, John Henry, and H. Pakenham.

49 Phillimore

Pakenham St at its north end has the open space of Pioneer Park on one side, and, on the other, the building at 49 Phillimore St, the former Robert Harper Building, later known as Jebsens, tho it still has Genesis Travel signage.

1 Pakenham

The first building with a Pakenham St address is the 1897 Tolley Bond Store, at 1 Pakenham St. The Tolley sign has been restored above the alleyway, despite their having moved out in 1910. The 1897 building was designed by architect Herbert Nathaniel Davis.

5 Pakenham

Further down the street, at 5 Pakenham St, is the facade of their former HQ, which was bought by Seppelt in 1912. In 1880 that lot was the property of John Gallop, and was a dwelling. Gallop had a warehouse there from 1893 to 1898. The present facade of the building at 5 Pakenham St was probably built in 1901 for Tolley & Co, tho the first storey (top level) was built by John Gallop in 1893. Seppelt bought it in 1912.

7 Pakenham

The building at 7 Pakenham St was built in 1907 by the Strelitz brothers for the Vacuum Oil Company. Patterson sold it to Elder Smith in 1950; then Seppelts took it over in 1968. After the Cwlth Govt moved out, Notre Dame moved in, and it's now where their Campus Services and IT are housed, the former having moved from the Ajax Building, and the latter from the Bank of NSW.

9 Pakenham

The Strelitz brothers built this at 9 Pakenham St in 1904. Tenants included the Fremantle Provedoring Shipstores.

8 Pakenham

The Halco building on the corner of Short St at 8 Pakenham St was a warehouse constructed in 1929 to a design by Joseph Allen. It is the site of Manning's Folly 1858-1928. A 77-apartment building has now been built inside the facade, and the building you see in the photo has been gutted.

Manning's Folly

This was Manning Hall, which stood at what is now the corner of Short and Pakenham Streets, and became known as Manning's Folly. It was built in 1858 for C.A. Manning, and demolished in 1928.


The Pearlers Hotel, built in 1887 at 18 Pakenham St, on the corner with Leake St, became the Terminus Hotel in 1896 when the Swan Brewery acquired it. Homeswest bought it in 1989.


On the opposite corner of Leake St is a warehouse built in 1907 for Thomas Quinlan. It was recently tenanted by Shipstores, but is now the house of PS Art Space.

11 Pakenham

The Victoria Coffee Palace at 11 Pakenham St was built in 1895. A coffee palace was a hotel which did sell not alcoholic beverages. The building was used as a backpackers hostel until 2015 when it changed hands.

64 High

On the northwestern corner of Pakenham St at 64 High St is the Navy Club, upstairs. The two storey building was built for the Bank of Adelaide in 1910.

70 High

On the northeast corner with Pakenham St, 70 High St is Mason Buildings, also known as a former Commonwealth Bank.


The Ajax Building, 49-59 High St, is on the site where the Stag's Head Inn stood in 1834, on the corner of Pakenham and High Sts.


On the southeast corner with Pakenham St, at 61-3 High St, is Central Chambers, built in 1907, and restored in 1991.

21 Pakenham

John Church Bulk Stores, 21-23 Pakenham St. The 1900 building was converted in the 1990s into mixed commercial and residential use.

56 Pakenham

What is now Pakenham Apartments, at 56 Pakenham St, on the corner with Nairn St, was in 1998 a warehouse and offices for W.D. Moore. It later provided accommodation for a confectionary manufacturer, a wool broker, a skin and hide store, a ship repairer, a panel beater, a designer, and an oyster supplier, tho not all at the same time.

Garry Gillard | New: 28 September, 2014 | Now: 31 March, 2018