71 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Kilfoy’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 13/10/1871 (2nd) unknown
Builder (1st) James Kilfoy (2nd) unknown

Timelapse Building Images

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Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A single storey brick building.

City of Melbourne

A cottage. (with open garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

13th October 1871, Registration number 4589.
Fee paid: £1.10.0
Builder: Mr. James Kilfoy.
Owner: Mr James Kilfoy.

Other significant building works carried out by James Kilfoy can be found here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

James Kilfoy’s historic 3 cottages located at 69, 71 and 73 Abbotsford street have sadly been demolished¬† replaced with a commercial showroom that has 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 3 Victorian era terrace homes once had has all since been lost and are now totally built over by the commercial redevelopment.


Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The building erected on 69-73 Abbotsford street site which replaced the prior uniquely social and historical 3 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 Michael John Pasoulakis Hatcher Index
1962 1972 Nicola Campana Hatcher Index
1941 1961 Lilian Margaret Golding & Frances Elizabeth Thomson Hatcher Index
1935 1940 Lillian Thomson Hatcher Index
1902 1934 Annie Tiernan Hatcher Index
1887 1901 Patrick Kilfoy Hatcher Index
1867 1886 James Kilfoy. Hatcher Index
1866 1866 Hale or Hall 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
to date PGR Furniture Hatcher Index
1973 1974 Vacant Hatcher Index
1962 1972 Nicola Campana Hatcher Index
1935 1961 Alexander Francis Brennan Hatcher Index
1934 1934 Alfred James Hart Hatcher Index
1933 1933 Julius Pinera Hatcher Index
1916 1932 Burling John Lloyd Hatcher Index
1915 1915 Miss Eliza Powell Hatcher Index
1914 1914 Catherine Bentley Hatcher Index
1913 1913 Gilbert Devery Hatcher Index
1911 1912 William Kemp Hatcher Index
1910 1910 Richard Grenfell Hatcher Index
1909 1909 Arthur Homewocsh Hatcher Index
1908 1908 Thomas Ogden Hatcher Index
1907 1907 Thomas Maher Hatcher Index
1906 1906 A McMenamy Hatcher Index
1904 1905 Walter Hamilton Hatcher Index
1902 1903 Lizzie Hamilton Hatcher Index
1886 1901 William Woodcock Hatcher Index
1884 1884 William Woods Hatcher Index
1883 1883 Goldsworthy Hatcher Index
1882 1882 Elmore Hatcher Index
1880 1881 John McDougall Hatcher Index
1878 1879 Edward Brodie Hatcher Index
1874 1877 Archibald Miller Hatcher Index
1873 1873 John Toumey or Tuomy Hatcher Index
1871 1872 Alfred Hayles Hatcher Index
1870 1870 James Elliott Hatcher Index
1868 1869 Henry Benjamin Hatcher Index
1867 1867 James Kilfoy Hatcher Index
1866 1866 W Thomas Adams Hatcher Index

Social History

Henry Benjamin was living at 71 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1868.

Sands & McDougall 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.

Other Information


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