52 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Lockhead’s house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address First known as 52, now known as 54 Abbotsford Street.
Constructed 21/9/1859
Style Victorian, Early : 1840-1860
Builder J Lockheard

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

An 1859 wooden house with front and side open garden space all around. (since replaced with a brick house in 1916)

Notice of Intent to Build.

21st September 1859, Registration number 621.
Fee paid: £1.0.0
Builder: Mr. J. Lockheard.
Owner: Mr. J. Lockheard.

Other significant building works carried out by J. Lockheard can be found here.


Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

It is thought the existing house known as 54 Abbotsford Street may have been built sometime around 1916 thereabouts.

It is also thought the house replaced an earlier timber house known as 52 Abbotsford Street that was originally built by John or James Lockheard or Lockhead in 1859. See house 54 for further details.

Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

This 1916 home and the other surrounding section of Victorian era terrace buildings does have important social, historical and architectural significance for Abbotsford street and the wider surrounding neighborhood.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1916 1917 Augustus D Oliver Hatcher Index
1914 1915 Agnes Heyward Hatcher Index
192 1913 Agnes Walker Hatcher Index
1910 1911 ? Hayward Hatcher Index
1894 1909 Robert Lockhead Hatcher Index
1884 1893 James Lochead Hatcher Index
1859 1883 John Lockhead Hatcher Index
1858 J Downie (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
1916 1917 vacant Hatcher Index
1898 1915 Edward Ballantyne Hatcher Index
1896 1897 George McQuirk Hatcher Index
1886 1893 Mrs Mary McAlister Hatcher Index
1889 1889 Frank Hessey Hatcher Index
1883 1885 Charles Davis Hatcher Index
1859 1882 John Lockhead Hatcher Index

Social History

John Lockhead v Noble & Mahood – Glasgow Iron Works, Ireland Street West Melbourne. 1877.

Melbourne Leader

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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