|Also known as|
|Constructed||(1st) 17/5/1851, (latest) 1996|
Timelapse Building Images
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
- current map
- 1895 MMBW Map
- Compiled Crown Record Plan showing Mr. James Linacre was the first crown land purchaser in 1850.
- 1850 Government Crown Land Sale
1st Notice of intent to build.
Street: Latrobe Street west opposite Henry Langland’s home
Owner & Builder: David Aitken.
Other building work by David Aitken listed below.
|Owner||Suburb||Building State||Building Type||Builder||Build Date (YYYY MM DD)||Reg|
|Moody, George||Melbourne||VIC||Houses; Shops||Aitken, David – off Bourke St||1850 05 2||116|
|Aitken, David||Melbourne||VIC||Houses||Aitken, David||1851 05 17||325|
|Ross, Thomas||Melbourne||VIC||Houses||Aitken, david – Little Bourke St||1852 07 6||177|
|Low, Thomas||Fitzroy||VIC||Houses||Aitken, David – Melbourne||1853 07 7||1105|
|Low, Thomas||Factories||Aitken, David – Melbourne||1879 2 4||1105|
source: Burchett Index
Subsequent Building Alterations
David Aitken’s historic 1851 Victorian dwelling has since been demolished.
This site and other surrounding historic buildings and their land now contains an apartment complex called Royal Flagstaff: 14 storey and two 4 storey buildings containing 146 residential apartments built 1996.
Heritage Significance and Listings
|Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes|
The two-storey Victoria era dwelling on this land no longer exists, it was demolished to make way for 146 residences.
|From||To||Owner||More Info||Data Source|
|1934||to date||Private||source: Hatcher Index|
|1926||1933||Southern Cross Manufacturing||source: Hatcher Index|
|1890||1925||Montgomerie & Co, brewing||source: Hatcher Index|
|1886||1889||Robert Montgomerie||source: Hatcher Index|
|1851||1885||David Aitken, a Melbourne Burgess||source: Hatcher Index|
|1850||1851||James Linacre, 1st crown land purchaser||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||source: Hatcher Index|
|1925||1933||Southern Cross Manufacturing||source: Hatcher Index|
|1904||1924||Richard Ruff||source: Hatcher Index|
|1903||1903||Arthur Cumming||source: Hatcher Index|
|1899||1902||John O’Brien||source: Hatcher Index|
|1894||1894||Charles McDonald||source: Hatcher Index|
|1893||1893||L. Christensen||source: Hatcher Index|
|1891||1892||Thomas Dean||source: Hatcher Index|
|1886||1890||Mrs. Mary Wall, daughter of Thomas Jennings & Bridget Conroy||source: Hatcher Index|
|1882||1885||Thomas Jennings, sergeant H.M. 61st Regiment||source: Hatcher Index|
|1877||1879||George B. Hill||source: Hatcher Index|
|1861||1876||Hugh and Agnes Tait nee Wilson and family||source: Hatcher Index|
|1859||1860||John Jones||source: Hatcher Index|
|1858||1858||Francis Barnes||source: Hatcher Index|
|1857||1857||Edward Flynn or Flinn||source: Hatcher Index|
|1856||1856||Mrs. Metcalfe||source: Hatcher Index|
|1855||1855||Theodore Parroh||source: Hatcher Index|
|1853||1853||John Tagnell||source: Hatcher Index|
source: The Age 1885
Hugh and Agnes Tait background
Hugh Tait was born in the village of Saltcoats in Ayrshire, Scotland 1829, the son of James and Jessie Tait.
Hugh married Agnes Wilson in Victoria in 1858. Agnes was born and baptized in 1831 at Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the daughter of Henry Wilson and Agnes McInnes.
In 1859 they briefly lived on the western side of King Street between little Bourke and Lonsdale Street then they moved to Latrobe Street in 1861 and remained there for fifteen years.
Hugh and Agnes Tait gave birth to eight children in Melbourne between 1858 until 1874. In birth order they were Jessie 1858, Margaret 1861, Emily 1864, Frederick 1866, Alice 1868, Hugh 1869, Flora 1872 and Ada Tait in 1874.
Hugh and Agnes Tait lived in Latrobe Street, West Melbourne and he worked as the foreman at the Metropolitan Gas Company for twenty-seven years.
The Metropolitan Gas Company was set up for the supply of town gas to the city of Melbourne. it was absorbed into the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria in 1951.
The Tait clan left Latrobe Street in 1876 and moved into Albert House, at 78 Hawke Street, West Melbourne where they lived.
Information sourced from Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria, Trove, Council Rate Book records and the State Library of Victoria.
Context and Streetscape
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