68 Roden Street

68 Roden Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher
Also known as
Previous Address 10 Roden Street before Council street renumbering Source: source: Sands & McDougall directory 1875
Constructed 4/4/1870
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Architect
Builder Robert Dalton, Margaret Street, South Yarra

Timelapse Building Images

2004

source: http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

Land Details

  1. Current location
  2. 1895 MMBW map
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan showing John Alison & A. H. Knight were the first Crown land purchasers in 1854.

Building Details

Notice of intention to build

Location: Rowden [Roden Street]

Date: 4/4/1870

Registration: 3842

Type: 3 room cottage

Fee: £2.0.0

Owner: Madden

Builder: Robert Dalton, Margaret Street, South Yarra

Other work built by Robert Dalton can be seen below

Owner Suburb Building Type Builder Build Date (YYYY MM DD) Reg #
Masonic Trustees South Yarra Hostels Dalton, R – Margret St – Sth Yarra 1867 06 5 2089
Madden, – West Melbourne Houses Dalton, Robert – Margaret St south Yarra 1870 04 4 3842

source: Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

By 1890 Madden’s house had expanded to seven rooms and the annual City of Melbourne valuation nearly doubled indicating that the present house was built then.

The planning applications listed below relate to this property and have been determined:

Architectural Features


  • Fence
    Cast Iron

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Gate
    Cast Iron

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Balcony
    Brick

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Doors
    Timber

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Windows
    Lead light

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Steps
    Timber

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Garden

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Fin Wall
    Brick

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Windows
    Glass

    photographer Stephen Hatcher

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Statement of Significance

What is significant?
The first stage of this property’s development was Robert Dalton, of Margaret Street South Yarra, building a three room cottage here in 1870 for teacher Peter Madden. By 1890 Madden’s house had expanded to seven rooms and the annual City of Melbourne valuation nearly doubled indicating that the present house was built then.
Madden taught at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic school in West Melbourne since 1869, joining the State School system in the mid 1870s when State aid for religious schools was withdrawn. By the 1890s, Madden had achieved 17th rank seniority in the Victorian State School system, by then a teacher at Footscray. Madden and the well known head teacher and local historian,
Albert Mattingly, were regarded highly within North and West Melbourne: `…most of the youth of North and West Melbourne since the 50’s were handled by them, and mentally shod for the world’s rough usage’. Madden died in 1912 `…on his way from the old country to Melbourne, and was buried in the Atlantic’. His wife Mary, had died at this house in 1893.

Contributory elements include:

  • two storey parapeted brick and cemented row house;
  • two colour brickwork with deep brown or black body and cream trim at openings;
  • cemented cornice moulds, masks and brackets, guilloche pattern balustrading;
  • a distinctive Baroque style raised entablature, with swag, broken pediment and orbs;
  • face red brick side and rear walls;
  • pitched roof behind the parapet, with cemented and corniced chimneys;
  • two storey cast-iron verandah with Corinthian derived column order, cast-iron frieze and integral brackets;
  • double-hung sash windows, with an uncommon two light configuration at ground floor with stop-chamfering (see also 70);
  • four-panel entry door and toplight; and
  • contribution to valuable Victorian-era streetscape.

Integrity is good despite an added reproduction cast-iron palisade front fence on dressed stone footings; some missing details; and French doors on upper level may be modifications.

How is it significant?
Peter Madden’s house is significant historically and aesthetically to West Melbourne.

Why is it significant?
Peter Madden’s house is significant.

  • Historically, for the close link with Peter Madden, one of the area’s best known figures, and representative of a major growth period (Victorian-era) in West Melbourne; and
  • Aesthetically, a well-preserved row house with distinctive Baroque style detailing also contributory to a valuable Victorian-era streetscape.

source: West Melbourne Heritage Review by Graeme Butler & Associates, 2015

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
4/5/1853 Allison and Knight – first crown land purchasers source: 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 source: Hatcher Index

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1965 1974 G. Krueger source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
1945 1960 John F. Harvey source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
1940 1940 Desmond B. O’Connell source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
125 1935 Mrs. Mary Johnston source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
1920 1920 John Johnston source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
1910 1915 Simeon Nathan source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
1905 1905 Mrs. Mary Leslie source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
1873 1900 Peter Madden source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020
1871 1872 Patrick Madden source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Lynn Kimber 2020

Social History

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Context and Streetscape

Precinct

Zoning

The controls listed below affect this property:

Streetscape

Other Information

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