65 Abbotsford Street

65 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) 9/2/1866 (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 open rear garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

9th Feb 1866, 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
1914 1921 Cooper, Clarke, Richie & Thompson Hatcher Index
1901 1913 Perpetual Executors Co Hatcher Index
1866 1900 John O’Brien Hatcher Index
1865 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
1961 1962 vacant land Hatcher Index
1949 1960 Joan Edith Whittaker Hatcher Index
1946 1948 Alma Brennan Hatcher Index
1940 1945 Mrs Catherine Nagle Hatcher Index
1939 1939 Frank Wright Pullen Hatcher Index
1934 1936 David Ogilvie Hatcher Index
1932 1932 James P Rohan Hatcher Index
1930 1930 Arthur Collins Hatcher Index
1929 1929 Daniel Ryan Hatcher Index
1928 1928 Emily Francis Williams Hatcher Index
1926 1927 Charles Kellett Hatcher Index
1919 1925 Joseph Mann Hatcher Index
1917 1918 Charles Hakaner Hatcher Index
1913 1916 Alfred J White Hatcher Index
1910 1910 Albert Wrout Hatcher Index
1906 1909 Hugh Cavanagh Hatcher Index
1905 1905 William Oliver Hatcher Index
1904 1904 Richard Owen Hatcher Index
1896 1897 William Schofield Hatcher Index
1891 1891 Arthur Thorpe Hatcher Index
1890 1890 Mrs Callaghan Hatcher Index
1888 1889 Mrs Webb Hatcher Index
1885 1887 John O’Brien Hatcher Index
1884 1884 John Douglas Hatcher Index
1883 1883 Mrs Wright Hatcher Index
1882 1882 Mrs Needham Hatcher Index
1881 1881 John McDougall Hatcher Index
1880 1880 William Ward Hatcher Index
1879 1879 Thomas Davey Hatcher Index
1878 1878 Jacob Paterson Hatcher Index
1877 1877 Charles Wheeler Hatcher Index
1876 1876 John Nicholes Hatcher Index
1870 1875 John Bird Hatcher Index
1868 1869 T Franklin or J Franklyn Hatcher Index
1866 1867 Charles King Hatcher Index

Social History

Charles King lived at 65 Abbotsford street West Melbourne in 1868.

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.

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