|Also known as||Ramage’s row house||Source: Hatcher Index|
|Style||Victorian, Early : 1840-1860|
|Builder||Charles & Duffy, Melbourne|
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.
A house. (with rear open garden space)
Notice of Intent to Build.
9th April 1859, Registration number 286.
Fee paid: £1.0.0
Builder: Charles & Duffy, Melbourne.
Owner: Mr John Ramage.
Other significant building works carried out by Charles & Duffy can be found here.
Subsequent Building Alterations
John Ramage’s historic 1859 house sadly was demolished around 1957 and has since been replaced with 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.
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|
|1958||1961||George Culpit||Hatcher Index|
|1957||1957||Ivan Smith||Hatcher Index|
|1921||1956||Frances Weston||Hatcher Index|
|1912||1920||John Henry Nott or Dott||Hatcher Index|
|1910||1911||Mary Remage or Ramage||Hatcher Index|
|1862||1909||John Remage or Ramage||Hatcher Index|
|1861||J Forsyth (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|
|1957||1962||vacant land||Hatcher Index|
|1944||1956||Leslie Charles Haines||Hatcher Index|
|1941||1943||Leslie John Haines||Hatcher Index|
|1935||1937||Hazel Hazell||Hatcher Index|
|1932||1933||Emily Allan||Hatcher Index|
|1931||1931||Emily Frances Williams||Hatcher Index|
|1929||1930||May Rice||Hatcher Index|
|1918||1928||Patrick C Rice||Hatcher Index|
|1914||1917||Enoch W Adams||Hatcher Index|
|1911||1913||Sarah Powell||Hatcher Index|
|1910||1910||Mrs Isabella Hawley||Hatcher Index|
|1909||1909||William Carpenter||Hatcher Index|
|1908||1908||Mary Williams||Hatcher Index|
|1902||1907||Richard Collins||Hatcher Index|
|1898||1901||George Cavanagh||Hatcher Index|
|1896||1897||Frank Price||Hatcher Index|
|1894||1895||James Brown||Hatcher Index|
|1892||1893||William Baker||Hatcher Index|
|1889||1891||William Ferguson||Hatcher Index|
|1885||1888||Mrs Rogers||Hatcher Index|
|1879||1884||Thomas Taylor||Hatcher Index|
|1876||1878||Louis Holmes||Hatcher Index|
|1871||1875||Samuel Strover||Hatcher Index|
|1862||1870||John Ramage & George Ramage||Hatcher Index|
Brothers George & John Ramage lived at 60 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1863.
Sands & Madougall directory
George & John Ramage insolvency 1864.
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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.
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.
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