58 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Lander’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 17/10/1860 (2nd) 2012
Builder (1st) William Lander (2nd) unknown

Timelapse Building Images


Four level block consisting of 3 flats and 3 offices replaced the single story factory in 2012.

This site is a classic example of what all too frequently happens under the Planning Scheme of the Melbourne City Council. Small single fronted and even double fronted blocks that were intended for the provision of mixed working class and middle class housing in the mid to late Victorian period have been randomly consolidated into larger parcels onto which this form of over-development has occurred.

The overdevelopment of this site imposes a scale of development which is completely out of character with the existing surrounding period architectural style of Victorian single and double storey homes.

The Planning Scheme encourages Mixed Use developments. This in itself is not inconsistent with the Victorian settlement patterns but in its modern interpretation does encourage out of scale densities. However, this may apply as much to residential-only developments. The resulting building form lacks a positive balance and harmony with its surrounding neighbours.

Many potential residents who aspire to live in inner Melbourne would prefer to live in a discrete residential home with its own open space; an opportunity provided by sites such as the original 56 to 62  Abbotsford Street, especially with an imaginative and clever renovation/extension.

The major determinant of this intensification policy is the increase in land values. The developers need greater density to justify their profits. This direction is reinforced by decisions of the undemocratically elected City of Melbourne where residential votes are completely outweighed by the votes of companies and non-residential property owners. This gerrymander is supported by the State Government which is responsible for setting up the Council and the State also endorses greater densification.

It is clear that the current rules encourage greater density. Multi-story developments are facilitated. They are constructed boundary to boundary and provide minimal open space, apart from limited balconies. The tragedy of the situation is that the Melbourne Planning Scheme encourages further height increases when future developments are proposed to raise even further the residential density of the local area, using the height of these rogue buildings as a precedent for higher development.

If you are a concerned resident, get more involved and raise your voice in support when ever possible, help to strengthen local historical heritage laws, otherwise single and double storey cottages maybe doomed in the longer term, despite whatever protection may be given by the existing less than robust Heritage controls.


Single story factory replaced 4 single story Victorian terrace homes in 1961.

Land Details

1895 MMBW Map.

Building Details

A four level block consisting of 3 flats and 3 offices replaced the single story factory in 2012.

City of Melbourne

Two room house. (with rear open garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

17th October 1860, Registration number 584.
Fee paid: £1.10.0
Builder: Mr. William Lander.
Owner: Mr David Lander, North Melbourne.

Other significant building works carried out by David & William Lander can be found here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

William Lander’s historic 1860 house was sadly demolished around 1962 and has since been replaced with a block of flats that has no front or back garden space.


This is the 1895 MMBW map. The valued front and back yard open garden space marked green which these Victorian era terrace homes once had has all since been lost and are now totally built over by the redevelopment.


Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The group of modern flats recently erected on 56-58 Abbotsford street site which replaced the previous 4 homes that had unique social and historical value and constructed here in the Victorian period, the new build has zero historical or social heritage significance nor does it have any front or back open garden space unlike other existing Victorian terraces that the surrounding area have.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1974 1974 Hemax Nominees P/L Hatcher Index
1968 1973 Mario & Helena Schwartz Hatcher Index
1962 1967 Alfred Salamon & Mano Schwartz Hatcher Index
1944 1961 Iris Barker Stafford Hatcher Index
1943 1943 Amy Joan Dooley Hatcher Index
1934 1942 William Henry Dooley, Inspector of Schools Victoria Hatcher Index
1925 1933 Amy Edith Dooley Hatcher Index
1924 1924 Jasmes & Mary McKendrick Hatcher Index
1908 1923 Mrs Hannah Hughes Hatcher Index
1901 1907 Jane Lauder or Lander Hatcher Index
1860 1900 David & Jane Lauder or Lander Hatcher Index
1859 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
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1963 1974 Butternick/Vogue P/L Hatcher Index
1962 1962 vacant land Hatcher Index
1957 1961 Lindsay Gordon Webb Hatcher Index
1943 1956 Mrs Christina Hussey Hatcher Index
1939 1942 Anthony Saleba Hatcher Index
1934 1937 William Henry Dooley Hatcher Index
1925 1933 Amy Edith Dooley Hatcher Index
1922 1924 James John Taylor Hatcher Index
1920 1921 Elizabeth Martin Hatcher Index
1919 1919 Catherine Frerney Hatcher Index
1906 1918 George West Hatcher Index
1902 1905 Joseph Irwin Hatcher Index
1900 1901 John Lindsay Hatcher Index
1899 1899 David Irwin Hatcher Index
1896 1898 James Brown Hatcher Index
1892 1893 Joseph Williams Hatcher Index
1888 1890 David Roach Hatcher Index
1884 1887 James Ingram Hatcher Index
1860 1883 David Lauder or Loader or Lawder Hatcher Index

Social History

WIlliam Henry Dooley, Inspector of Schools Victoria lived at 58 Abbotsford street West Melbourne from 1925 until 1937.

The Age

David Lauder’s sale of 56 and 58 Abbotsford street West Melbourne

The Age

David Loader was living at 58 Abbotsford street in 1862.

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.

Other Information


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