|Also known as||Ramage’s row house||Source: Hatcher Index|
|Style||Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875|
|Builder||John Ramage, 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.
Three room cottage. (with rear open garden space)
Notice of Intent to Build.
6th June 1864, Registration number 290.
Fee paid: £1.10.0
Builder: Mr. John Ramage, Melbourne.
Owner: Mr John Ramage.
Subsequent Building Alterations
John Ramage’s historic 1864 terrace cottage was sadly demolished around 1957 and has since been replaced with a block of flats.
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|
|1866||1909||John Remage||Hatcher Index|
|1865||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|
|1956||1956||condemed house||Hatcher Index|
|1933||1955||Charles Wood||Hatcher Index|
|1929||1930||Mrs Annie Hayes||Hatcher Index|
|1927||1928||Christina Hart||Hatcher Index|
|1926||1926||Alexander Martin||Hatcher Index|
|1921||1925||Francis Cusack||Hatcher Index|
|1918||1920||Elizabeth McCarthy||Hatcher Index|
|1915||1917||Sylvia McCarthy||Hatcher Index|
|1910||1914||Mrs Mary McCarthy||Hatcher Index|
|1909||1909||Frank Ruff||Hatcher Index|
|1908||1908||Richard Trevorrow||Hatcher Index|
|1902||1907||Henry W Gallagher||Hatcher Index|
|1898||1898||Alexander McGregor||Hatcher Index|
|1894||1897||Jane Muir||Hatcher Index|
|1889||1893||Joseph Dickerson||Hatcher Index|
|1886||1887||Mrs Young||Hatcher Index|
|1884||1885||James Wood||Hatcher Index|
|1883||1883||Jno Chambers||Hatcher Index|
|1880||1882||John Orr||Hatcher Index|
|1879||1879||Alex McLaughlin||Hatcher Index|
|1876||1876||Daniel Seymore||Hatcher Index|
|1874||1875||William Brown||Hatcher Index|
|1871||1872||William (1838-1888) and Sarah Anna (1846-1904) Benbow, nee Weir||Hatcher Index|
|1868||1870||Mrs Magdalene Talbot||Hatcher Index|
|1867||1867||John Ramage||Hatcher Index|
|1866||1866||Robert Steele||Hatcher Index|
Magdalene Talbot lived at 62 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1867.
Sands & Madougall directory
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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
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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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