456 La Trobe Street

456 La Trobe Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as Aberfoyle House Source: from the building parapet
Previous Address
Constructed 25/8/1857, altered 1920s
Builder William Hampton, Hawthorn

Timelapse Building Images


image source: State Library of Victoria


Signed and dated in image l.l.: A.C. COOKE DEL 1882
Printed below image l.r.: Sands and McDougall, Printers, Melbourne.
Title printed below image l.c.
Printed below image l.l.: Supplement to “The Illustrated Melbourne News”, April, 1882.
Published in: The Illustrated Melbourne News, April 1882.


section of original image, source: State Library of Victoria

Land Details

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Latrobe Street west near King Street

Number: 736.

Date: 25/8/1857

Owner: Ebenezer Brown Primrose

Builder: William Hampton, Hawthorn.

Fee: £1.10.0

Type: Store.

Other building work by William Hampton listed below.

Owner Suburb Building Type Builder Build Date (YYYY MM DD) Reg #
O’Reilly, Thomas Fitzroy Houses Hampton, William – Hawthorn 1857 03 13 200
Primrose, E B Melbourne Warehouses Hampton, William – Hawthorn 1857 08 25 736
Mould, Charles – Swanston St Fitzroy Houses Hampton, William – Hawthorn 1858 10 26 835
O’Reilly, Thomas Carlton Factories Hampton, William – Hawthorn 1878 11 4 200
Mould, Charles – Swanston St Factories Hampton, William – Hawthorn 1886 6 26 835

Subsequent Building Alterations

A two storey bluestone building, with facade altered 1920’s.

source: http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

Architectural Features

    No Entries Found

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The early date of the warehouse or store at 456 Latrobe Street is evident by the stone still visible on the refaced elevation to Latrobe Street but is more so from the rear lane.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1934 to date Private
1926 1933 Harry Ernest Morgan source: Hatcher Index
1908 1925 R. E. O’Hara source: Hatcher Index
1896 1907 Patterson (agent) source: Hatcher Index
1889 1894 Edward O’Hara source: Hatcher Index
1885 1888 James Alfred Roberts source: Hatcher Index
1882 1884 Herbert Rocke & Henry Tompsett & Co., wholesale chemists source: Hatcher Index
1873 1881 E.B. Primrose estate trustees source: Hatcher Index
1859 1873 Ebonezer Brown Primrose source: Hatcher Index
1850 1858 John Freer source: 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


From To Resident More Info Data Source
1934 to date Private
1933 1933 George Cussens, engineer source: Hatcher Index
1924 1932 Harry Ernest Morgan source: Hatcher Index
1925 1932 Myers Pty Ltd, storeage source: Hatcher Index
1924 1924 Archer & Cranston, case makers source: Hatcher Index
1922 1922 Nestle’s, storage source: Hatcher Index
1916 1920 Harold Crofton Sleigh & Co Ltd source: Hatcher Index
1904 1915 William Cooper, hide & skins source: Hatcher Index
1905 1905 Claude Ford source: Hatcher Index
1898 1903 Frederick J. Martin source: Hatcher Index
1895 1895 C. Limbert source: Hatcher Index
1889 1893 Hickey Bros., corn merchants source: Hatcher Index
1887 1888 Coughin source: Hatcher Index
1885 1886 Wertheim Sewing Machine Co. source: Hatcher Index
1885 1885 J. A. Roberts source: Hatcher Index
1883 1884 Rocke Tompsett & Co. source: Hatcher Index
1882 1882 Joseph Stevens source: Hatcher Index
1880 1881 Joseph Rutledge, saddler source: Hatcher Index
1878 1880 J. Porle or Poole source: Hatcher Index
1877 1878 Price Williams, woolpress manufactory source: Hatcher Index
1874 1876 Thomas D. Burke, Flagstaff Brewery source: Hatcher Index
1872 1873 Whites Brewery source: Hatcher Index
1867 1870 Charles Lister, Standard Brewery Company of Castlemaine, depot source: Hatcher Index
1861 1862 Osmond Horne Gilles & Co., wool brokers and squatting agents (former local manager National Bank) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7302809 source: Hatcher Index

Social History

Osmond Horne Gillies & Co., background

Osmond Horne Gillies was born in Hobart in 1825 the son of Lewis William Gillies & Mary Woodley Horne of England and later of South Australia. Osmond married Margaret Sophia Horne the daughter of Hobart Judge Thomas William Horne and his wife Maria Hyriott, in Hobart town in 1852.

Osmond and Margaret’s first of six children were born in Melbourne in 1859.

It is said that Osmond Horne Gillies was the first state Treasurer of South Australia. 

Osmond was appointed local manager of the National Bank in Melbourne.

In 1861, he became insolvent, claiming reduced business and wet weather as the cause.

Melbourne, July 30. [1861]

Among new insolvents appears Osmond H. Gilles, formerly manager of National Bank.   Liabilities, £8,500; assets, £15.   Very little business doing.    Weather wet.

Information sourced from Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria, Trove, Council Rate Book records and the State Library of Victoria.

newpaper source Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser

Context and Streetscape


This 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


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