64 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Hamilton’s Row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address Source: Hatcher Index
Constructed 8/3/1862
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder Walter Webster

Timelapse Building Images



Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A double fronted one story rendered brick building with balcony, bluestone foundations and corrugated iron roof. The original roof could have been slate.

Notice of Intent to Build.

8th March 1862, Registration number 88.
Fee paid: £1.10.0
Builder: Mr. Walter Webster
Owner: Mr Hamilton

Other significant building works carried out by Walter Webster can be found here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

The original Victorian 4 panel front door, the slate roof and the original cast iron fence and gate have been replaced. These can easily be reinstated in the future.

Google for Slate Roofing Melbourne or Cast Iron Melbourne.

Architectural Features

  • Balcony

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Building Ornamentation

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Hardware
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Fin Wall

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Roof

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

This home along with number 70 Abbotsford street are both significant because they are both double fronted terrace homes and are unique in their size.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1973 1974 Joseph or George Camilleri Hatcher Index
1965 1973 Rocco and Bernice Cesile Hatcher Index
1956 1965 Leonard Daniel Pearce Hatcher Index
1952 1956 Victor Shepherd Hatcher Index
1947 1952 Ann Victoria Haig Hatcher Index
1935 1947 Elizabeth Agnes Murray Hatcher Index
1929 1935 Angus Stewart McPherson Hatcher Index
1926 1929 Agnes F McPherson Hatcher Index
1923 1926 Angus Stewart McPherson Hatcher Index
1920 1923 Mary Mead (nee Hamilton) Hatcher Index
1862 1920 Daniel & Agnes Hamilton (nee Cochrane) 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
1973 1974 Joseph or George Camilleri Hatcher Index
1965 1973 Rocco and Bernice Cesile Hatcher Index
1942 1965 Leonard Daniel Pearce Hatcher Index
1940 1942 Mrs Linda Regan Hatcher Index
1935 1940 Victor & Dorothy Atkins Hatcher Index
1933 1935 Thomas Peny Hatcher Index
1931 1931 Michael White Hatcher Index
1926 1930 Angus Stewart McPherson & Agnes F McPherson Hatcher Index
1918 1925 Archibald Mayhew Hatcher Index
1917 1917 James P O’Brien Hatcher Index
1911 1916 John J Gleeson Hatcher Index
1910 1910 John Keys Hatcher Index
1908 1909 Annie Stanley Hatcher Index
1907 1907 John Scott Hatcher Index
1906 1906 Eliza Johnstone Hatcher Index
1899 1905 William Irving Hatcher Index
1898 1898 William McIntyre Hatcher Index
1896 1897 Samuel Hatty Hatcher Index
1894 1895 Daniel McKenzie Hatcher Index
1892 1893 James Marsh Hatcher Index
1889 1890 Mrs Mary A Burns or Byrne Hatcher Index
1887 1887 Charles Withers Hatcher Index
1886 1886 R Edwards Hatcher Index
1885 1885 Mrs Beale Hatcher Index
1862 1884 Daniel & Agnes Hamilton (nee Cochrane) Hatcher Index

Social History

1863 Sands & McDougall directory showing the Hamilton family living in Abbotsford Street West Melbourne.

1863 Sands & McDougall directory

Prior to moving into the Abbotsford home, the Hamilton family lived at number 33 Curzon Street Hotham. House number 33 was under the old house numbering system which was changed by Melbourne Council sometime around 1889.

1862 Sands & McDougall directory

Mr. Daniel Hamilton a native of Lanarkshire Scotland and his wife Agnes Cochrane of Ayrehire Scotland arrived at Port Phillip in 1856.

Mr. Hamilton commissioned Walter Webster to build cottages (64 & 68) in Abbotstford Street West Melbourne in 1862.

The Hamilton’s were the first family to occupy their home in Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1862.

The Hamilton’s lived at 64 Abbotsford street until around 1885 when they moved to Camberwell, but still maintained ownership of 64 & 68 Abbotsford street homes until Daniel Hamilton’s death in 1918/9 and ownership of 64 Abbotsford street passed to his daughter Mary Mead while ownership of 68 Abbotsford street passed to his daughter Margaret Harratt in 1920 and remaining in Hamilton family hands for around 62 years. (1862-1924)


Daniel Hamilton worked for Gibbs, Bright & Company Ltd.

The Argus

Context and Streetscape

This 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 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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