115 Abbotsford Street

115 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as Watson’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 12/3/1869 (2nd) 2003
Builder (1st) Reid, Stewart & Duguid, 10 Miller St (2nd) unknown

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A 3 storey concrete townhouse built 2003.

City of Melbourne

From a 1903 newspaper article we can see house 115 contained 3 rooms and a scullery.

Notice of Intent to Build.

(shown as Rosslyn St but we believe it was Abbotsford St)

12th March 1869, Registration number 3086.
Fee paid: £1.10.0
Builder: Reid, Stewart & Duguid, 10 Miller Street West Melbourne.
Owner: Mr Watson.

Other significant building works carried out by Reid, Stewart & Duguid can be found here.

The Age

Subsequent Building Alterations

Sadly the original historic Victorian era buildings by Reid, Stewart & Duguid at 115 was demolished around 1967, replaced with a factory which has since been replaced with 3 townhouses, all have no front or back open garden space.

This is the 1895 MMBW map. The valued front and back yard open garden space marked green which these 3 Victorian era terrace homes once had has since been lost and are now mostly built over by the redevelopment.


Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The group of townhouses recently erected at 111, 113, 115 & 117 Abbotsford street site that replaced the previous earlier factory and before that 3 homes that had unique social and historical value and constructed during the Victorian period, the new build has zero historical or social heritage significance and it has a minute amount of usable open garden space unlike other existing Edwardian and Victorian homes that the surrounding area have.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1966 1974 John Charles Simmons Hatcher Index
1950 1965 Elizabeth Frances Ryan Hatcher Index
1949 1949 Elizabeth Frances Quinn Hatcher Index
1924 1948 Thomas & Elizabeth Quinn Hatcher Index
1912 1923 William Watson Hatcher Index
1897 1911 Isabella Watson http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/veo-download?objectId=090fe27380359251&format=pdf&docTitle=07591P00020004662050pdf&encodingId=Revision-2-Document-1-Encoding-1-DocumentData Hatcher Index
1869 1896 William Watson Hatcher Index
1868 T. Warburton (crown land purchaser) 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 Hatcher Index


From To Resident More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1968 1974 General Patterns P/L Hatcher Index
1967 1967 Vacant Hatcher Index
1943 1966 Michael Camielleri Hatcher Index
1942 1942 George Camielleri Hatcher Index
1939 1941 Frank Smith Hatcher Index
1933 1937 Mrs Eliza Aimers Hatcher Index
1932 1932 Stanley John Cheesley Hatcher Index
1928 1931 George Robert Brazell Hatcher Index
1921 1927 John Moroney Hatcher Index
1920 1920 Mrs Jane Maine Hatcher Index
1913 1919 Mark Triggle Hatcher Index
1911 1912 H O’Callaghan Hatcher Index
1910 1910 Mrs Annie Stanley Hatcher Index
1907 1909 George Cavanagh, James Sutherland Hatcher Index
1904 1904 James Berwick Hatcher Index
1895 1901 James C Kennedy Hatcher Index
1894 1894 Archibald McPherson Hatcher Index
1892 1893 Joseph Mason Hatcher Index
1891 1891 Robert Kemp Hatcher Index
1889 1890 Mrs Dick Hatcher Index
1885 1888 William Watson Hatcher Index
1881 1884 Miss Hennessey Hatcher Index
1880 1880 Thomas Crockett Hatcher Index
1879 1879 Alf Johsntone Hatcher Index
1878 1878 Peter Holmgurgh Hatcher Index
1877 1877 Fred Marne Hatcher Index
1873 1876 Thomas A Reddick Hatcher Index
1871 1872 Erskine Hatcher Index
1870 1870 Taylor Hatcher Index

Social History

Thomas Reddick lived at number 4 which was later renumbered by Melbourne Council in 1889 to house number 115 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne.

Sands & Madougall directory

Context and Streetscape

The current 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.


This streetscape contains a collection of historic Victorian buildings and later buildings. The Victorian homes are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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