51 Abbotsford Street

51 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

Also known as Rogerson’s house
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 7/5/1860 (2nd) 2000
Builder (1st) George Black (2nd) unknown

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A 3 storey brick warehouse conversion. Refurbished & sub-divided into apartments 2000.

City of Melbourne

A cottage with front, side and rear open garden space.

Notice of Intent to Build.

7th May 1860, Registration number 278.
Fee paid: £2.10.0
Builder: Mr. George Black.
Owner: Mr William Rogerson.

Other significant building works carried out by George Black can be viewed here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

George Black’s historic cottage was sadly demolished sometime in the mid 1900’s and have since been replaced with a factory which has been converted into a block of flats that has no front or back garden space.

This is the 1895 MMBW map. The valued open garden space marked green that these Victorian home once had has all since been lost and now totally built over with hard surfaces by the redevelopment.


Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The modern low-rise repurposing of this ‘interwar’ era industrial building into residences is a useful display of sustainability and it demonstrates appreciation for maintaining and blending existing valued heritage architecture. However, the lack of 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
1964 1974 Alexander George Ellenford Hatcher Index
1958 1963 John Henry Rotherford Hatcher Index
1949 1957 David & Charles Rogerson Hatcher Index
1928 1948 Harriett E Rogerson Hatcher Index
1898 1927 William Rogerson Estate Hatcher Index
1860 1897 William Rogerson Hatcher Index
William Rogerson (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
1960 1974 All Red Carrying Co P/L, Alexander George Ellenford Hatcher Index
1956 1958 Indo Tyre & Rubber Co P/L Hatcher Index
1949 1954 David & Charles Rogerson Hatcher Index
1944 1948 William Rogerson Hatcher Index
1943 1943 Elizabeth Maud McDonald, William Rogerson Hatcher Index
1942 1942 Daniel Joseph Triffle Hatcher Index
1940 1941 Elizabeth Maud McDonald Hatcher Index
1939 1939 Jan McDonald Hatcher Index
1929 1937 May Newnham Hatcher Index
1913 1928 William H Newham Hatcher Index
1912 1912 Fred Hossack Hatcher Index
1910 1911 William Rogerson Hatcher Index
1898 1909 David B Rodgerson Hatcher Index
1860 1897 William Rogerson Hatcher Index

Social History

William Rogerson was at 51 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne as early as 1860.

Sands & Madougall directory

Rogerson birth 1861.

The Age

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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