24 Abbotsford Street

24 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003

Also known as
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 13/12/1871 (2nd) 2006
Builder (1st) Joseph Over, (2nd) unknown

Timelapse Building Images

No Entries Found

Land Details

1. 1895 MMBW map.
2. Compiled Crown Record Plan
3. First crown land purchaser – Mr T. Short (father of Alexander Edward Short, of Short’s Hotel, corner of Hawke & Spencer Street)

Building Details

A 4 storey brick apartment complex with ground level parking. Redeveloped & sub-divided 2006.

City of Melbourne

A house and open garden space.

Notice of Intent to Build. (listed as Ireland St but we believe it was Abbotsford St)

13th December 1871, Registration number 4658.
Fee paid: £1.0.0
Builder: Mr. Joseph Over.
Owner: Mr. Joseph Over.

Other significant building works carried out by Joseph Over can be found here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

Joseph Over’s historic “Gold Rush” era terrace was sadly demolished sometime around 1956 and has since been replaced with a 3 level townhouse that has no front or back garden space.

This is the 1895 MMBW map. The valued open back yard garden space marked green at 24 Abbotsford Street Victorian terrace home once had has since been totally lost and now completely built over by the redevelopment.

Architectural Features

    No Entries Found

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The modern low-rise re-purposing of this ‘interwar’ era industrial building into a residence is a useful display of sustainability and it demonstrates appreciation for maintaining and blending existing valued architecture. However, the lack of any provision for open garden space on this site was a mistake, it could have been incorporated in the overall design to be a truly effective outcome for all stakeholders.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1959 1974 Angelo & Ernesta Taranto Hatcher Index
1956 1958 William Stanley Brown Hatcher Index
1939 1955 Anne Theresa Burns Hatcher Index
1922 1937 Thomas Chapman Hatcher Index
1914 1921 Agnes Baird Hatcher Index
1871 1913 Joseph Over Hatcher Index
1870 T Short (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
1959 1974 Taranto’s Ice-Cream Factory Hatcher Index
1957 1958 William Stanley Brown Hatcher Index
1956 1956 condemed house Hatcher Index
1955 1955 Mathew Portgate Hatcher Index
1954 1954 Joan Bradshaw Hatcher Index
1951 1953 Alan Cornelius Ellingham Hatcher Index
1948 1950 Freeman Ellingham Hatcher Index
1943 1947 Francis Harold Wilson Hatcher Index
1940 1942 George F Powis Hatcher Index
1939 1939 Edith Bethell Hatcher Index
1936 1937 Walter George Crawford Hatcher Index
1930 1935 Thomas S Brown Hatcher Index
1927 1929 Margaret Richardson Hatcher Index
1924 1926 Patrick Francis Roulent Hatcher Index
1923 1923 Rosanne Kelly Hatcher Index
1922 1922 Michael McGrath Hatcher Index
1920 1921 John & Irene Webster Hatcher Index
1919 1919 Roy Williams Hatcher Index
1918 1918 Robert A Ness Hatcher Index
1917 1917 William Perrin Hatcher Index
1916 1916 John Roche Hatcher Index
1907 1915 Frederick Gregory Hatcher Index
1904 1906 Charles Ness Hatcher Index
1902 1903 William Walsh Hatcher Index
1899 1901 David Whamond Hatcher Index
1898 1898 Arthur Watt Hatcher Index
1896 1897 Frederick Collins Hatcher Index
1892 1893 Daniel McKenzie Hatcher Index
1890 1891 Ernest Harness Hatcher Index
1889 1889 John Camron Hatcher Index
1888 1888 Joseph Over Hatcher Index
1886 1887 Henry Rayner Hatcher Index
1884 1885 Mrs Agnes Yarra or Yarrow Hatcher Index
1883 1883 William Barr Hatcher Index
1871 1882 Joseph or James Over Hatcher Index

Social History

Joseph Over was living at 24 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne from 1871 to 1882 then as landlord until 1913.

Sands & McDougall 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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