68 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Hamilton’s Row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed 4/4/1866
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder Walter Webster

Timelapse Building Images

1997 & 2020

Before and after photo of an aspirational Victorian terrace home. These low rise home styles with private back yard gardens are highly desired and can easily be restored.


Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A single 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.

4th April 1866, Registration number 1417.
Fee paid: £1.0.0
Builder: Mr. Walter Webster
Owner: Mr Daniel Hamilton

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

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

The original porch tiles seem to have been covered with brick pavers and white stone to the left of the entryway, if there these can easily be reinstated in the future by removing the stone and pavers. If no tiles remain they can easily be found and reinstated in the future.

Google for Antique Tiles Melbourne.

The home has had its roof sympathetically restored back to its original slate style and looks great.

Architectural Features

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    Photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Hardware
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Gate
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Hardware
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Roof

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Fin Wall

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2019

  • Doors

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

This home is significantly intact from the front and is an excellent representation of what it was like when first built in 1866.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1959 1974 George Azzopardi Hatcher Index
1955 1958 Joseph & Mary Borg Hatcher Index
1952 1954 Victor Shepherd Hatcher Index
1947 1951 Ann Victoria Haig Hatcher Index
1925 1946 Elizabeth Agnes Murray Hatcher Index
1920 1924 Margaret Harratt (daughter of Daniel & Agnes Hamilton) Hatcher Index
1866 1919 Daniel & Agnes Hamilton (nee Cochrane) 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
1959 1974 George Azzopardi Hatcher Index
1955 1958 Joseph & Mary Borg Hatcher Index
1952 1954 Neil Butterworth Hatcher Index
1941 1951 Ellen Bell Hatcher Index
1940 1940 Ellen Ford Hatcher Index
1933 1939 Robert Bell Hatcher Index
1928 1930 Samuel Burnside Hatcher Index
1923 1926 James M Kline Hatcher Index
1922 1922 John Harris Hatcher Index
1920 1921 Thomas Farrell Hatcher Index
1913 1919 Francis or Frank Taff Hatcher Index
1911 1912 Marcus Steel Hatcher Index
1907 1909 John Adams Hatcher Index
1905 1906 Frederick B Gregory Hatcher Index
1902 1903 John Reece Hatcher Index
1896 1901 Martin Tobin Hatcher Index
1894 1895 Lizzie Hatty Hatcher Index
1888 1893 William Evans Hatcher Index
1885 1887 Mrs Moyle Hatcher Index
1884 1884 Mrs Stevenson Hatcher Index
1883 1883 Ed Anderson Hatcher Index
1882 1882 Irvine Hatcher Index
1881 1881 James Smith Hatcher Index
1880 1880 Henry Hilburgh Hatcher Index
1878 1879 Charles Brown Hatcher Index
1874 1877 John Guest Hatcher Index
1871 1873 Archibald Miller Hatcher index
1868 1870 George Davis Hatcher Index
1866 1867 James Fyffe Hatcher Index

Social History

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

Sands & Madougall directory

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.

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