6 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as
Previous Address

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A concrete townhouse complex with ground level parking. Built and subdivided into twelve two storey units in 2012.

Two story terrace with balcony, bluestone foundations and slate roof and open garden space.

Notice of Intent to Build.

20th August 1885, Registration number 1681.
Fee paid: £1.15.0
Builder: Mr. William French, Adderley St West Melbourne.
Owner: Mr William French.

Other significant building works carried out by William French can be seen here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

William French’s historic “Gold Rush” era two story terrace was sadly demolished sometime in the late 1960’s and replaced with a large 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, have since been lost and significantly built over by the redevelopment.


Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The group of 12 modern flats recently erected on the corner at 6 Abbotsford street & Railway Place site which replaced the previous 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 do they have as much rear open garden space that other existing Victorian terraces in the surrounding area have.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1966 1966 John Fred Ruane + others Hatcher Index
1937 1965 Helen Jessie Doig Hatcher Index
1899 1936 Charles Robert French Hatcher Index
1898 1898 Ellen French Hatcher Index
1885 1897 William French Hatcher Index
William French (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
1964 1966 Mrs Edith Juliet O’Keefe Hatcher Index
1937 1963 Daniel Francis O’Keeffe Hatcher Index
1920 1936 William Jacob Williams Hatcher Index
1913 1919 Joseph Venables Hatcher Index
1900 1912 Christine Gregory Hatcher Index
1898 1898 William Barber Hatcher Index
1896 1897 Henry Smith Hatcher Index
1890 1890 John Phillips Hatcher Index
1888 1889 Mr & Mrs William Synnott Hatcher Index

Social History

John Phillips was living at 6 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1890.

Sands & Madougall 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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