63 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as O’Brien’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 18/10/1865 (2nd) 1960s
Builder (1st) John O’Brien (2nd) unknown

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A 2 storey brick building built mid 1960’s.

City of Melbourne

A cottage. (with rear open garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

18th Oct 1865, Registration number 1150.
Fee paid: £1.0.0
Builder: Mr. John O’Brien.
Owner: Mr John O’Brien.

Other significant building works carried out by John O’Brien. can be viewed here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

John O’Brien’s historic cottage was sadly demolished sometime around 1962 and has since been replaced with a factory that appears to been converted into a residence with 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 2 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 building recently erected on 63-65 Abbotsford street site which replaced the prior uniquely social and historical 2 homes constructed here in the Victorian period, have zero historical or social heritage significance nor do they 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 Staedler P/L Hatcher Index
1962 1973 Henry Stafford McElroy Hatcher Index
1956 1961 Lodovico Codeglia Hatcher Index
1955 1955 Francesco Accaputo Hatcher Index
1954 1954 James Gerald Simmonds Hatcher Index
1922 1953 Duncan Clerk Hatcher Index
1921 1921 Thompson Hatcher Index
1914 1920 Cooper, Clarke, Richie & Thompson Hatcher Index
1901 1913 Perpetual Executors Co Hatcher Index
1862 1900 John O’Brien Hatcher Index
1861 J. A. Keens (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
1974 1974 Staedler P/L Hatcher Index
1963 1973 Henry Stafford McElroy Hatcher Index
1962 1962 vacant land Hatcher Index
1956 1961 Lodovico Codeglia Hatcher Index
1943 1955 Melva Susan Morcom Hatcher Index
1942 1942 William Henry Pearce Hatcher Index
1937 1941 Ronald Pearce Hatcher Index
1935 1936 Mrs Jane Hart Hatcher Index
1917 1933 Martha Holmes Hatcher Index
1913 1916 Frederick W Holmes Hatcher Index
1905 1912 Michael O’Connor Hatcher Index
1910 1910 David Dwyer Hatcher Index
1905 1909 James O’Connor Hatcher Index
1898 1899 James Walker Hatcher Index
1896 1897 Miss Julia Torpey Hatcher Index
1892 1893 Arthur Trott Hatcher Index
1889 1890 Charles Tate Hatcher Index
1888 1888 Michael Ryan Hatcher Index
1887 1887 William Eady Hatcher Index
1882 1882 Henry Clifton Hatcher Index
1881 1881 Mrs Ward Hatcher Index
1879 1880 James Shires or Spyers Hatcher Index
1878 1878 John Easton Hatcher Index
1877 1877 Henry Bye Hatcher Index
1876 1876 Miss Barber Hatcher Index
1874 1875 Roland White Hatcher Index
1873 1873 W McTaggart Hatcher Index
1871 1872 Hugh Wilson Hatcher Index
1867 1870 John Wigton Hatcher Index
1862 1863 John O’Brien Hatcher Index

Social History

James O’Brien owned 63 Abbotsford street West Melbourne from 1862 to around 1900.

Sands & Madougall directory

The Tate family of 63 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne.

The Age

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.

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