117 Abbotsford Street

117 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as Watson’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 19/1/1863 (2nd) 2003
Builder (1st) William Watson (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

Significant building works carried out by William Watson are to be advised.

Subsequent Building Alterations

Sadly the original historic William Watson Victorian era building located at 117 was demolished around 1967, replaced with a factory which has since been replaced with 3 townhouses, none of which have any 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
1871 1896 William Watson Hatcher Index
1866 1870 Mrs Hannah Hatcher Index
1865 1865 W Hudson Hatcher Index
1864 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
1951 1966 Joseph Spirteri Hatcher Index
1948 1950 James Dugdell Hatcher Index
1939 1947 Mrs Sadie I Dugdell Hatcher Index
1935 1937 Henry Smith Hatcher Index
1934 1934 Laura Collins Hatcher Index
1932 1933 William Henry Collins Hatcher Index
1931 1931 George Thomas Boswell Hatcher Index
1930 1930 Charles Gallagher Hatcher Index
1929 1929 Walter Powell Hatcher Index
1928 1928 Florence A Stokes Hatcher Index
1926 1927 Agnes Roberts Hatcher Index
1925 1925 Thomas Penman Hatcher Index
1916 1924 Jack Dare Hatcher Index
1908 1915 Mrs Alice McDonald Hatcher Index
1905 1907 John McDonald Hatcher Index
1902 1903 Frederick Kettle Hatcher Index
1899 1901 John Foley Hatcher Index
1895 1897 George Davidson Hatcher Index
1894 1894 Edward Ladier Hatcher Index
1889 1893 William Lindsay Hatcher Index
1886 1888 James Beer Hatcher Index
1885 1885 Thomas Beer Hatcher Index
1881 1884 Leon O’Leary Hatcher Index
1880 1880 Edward Barber Hatcher Index
1878 1878 William Farnan Hatcher Index
1876 1877 William Slowcome Hatcher Index
1874 1875 John Hatch Hatcher Index
1871 1873 Thomas Gibson Hatcher Index
1870 1870 Robert Sayers Hatcher Index
1868 1869 Archibald Brown Hatcher Index
1867 1867 Mrs Hannah Hatcher Index
1865 1866 W Hudson Hatcher Index

Social History

W Hudson was living at 117 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1865.

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.

Other Information


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