73 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Kilfoy’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed (1st) 6/3/1873 (2nd) unknown
Builder (1st) James Kilfoy (2nd) unknown

Timelapse Building Images

No Entries Found

Land Details

1895 MMBW Map.

Building Details

A single storey brick building.

City of Melbourne

A 4 room house. (with open garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

6th March 1873, Registration number 5303.
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

    No Entries Found

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
1973 1974 Michael John Pasoulakis Hatcher Index
1972 1972 Graham B Watts Hatcher Index
1970 1971 H J Elliott & Staff P/L Hatcher Index
1962 1969 Kay Chan Hatcher Index
1955 1961 Mrs Thelma Lillian Vincent Hatcher Index
1941 1954 Lilian Margaret Golding & Frances Elizabeth Thomson Hatcher Index
1937 1940 Lillian Thomson Hatcher Index
1926 1936 Frederick Mathews Hatcher Index
1909 1925 Charles Manley Hatcher Index
1903 1908 Mary Tiernan Hatcher Index
1902 1902 Annie Tiernan Hatcher Index
1887 1901 Patrick Kilfoy Hatcher Index
1868 1886 James Kilfoy Hatcher Index
1867 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
1971 1974 Vacant Hatcher Index
1970 1970 H J Elliott & Staff P/L Hatcher Index
1962 1969 Kay Chan Hatcher Index
1955 1961 Mrs Thelma Lillian Vincent Hatcher Index
1941 1954 James Joseph Vincent Hatcher Index
1939 1940 Mrs Ester Doyle Hatcher Index
1933 1937 Edward H Gorman Hatcher Index
1930 1932 Victor Campbell Hatcher Index
1926 1926 James Giles Hatcher Index
1925 1925 Cleveland J Looney Hatcher Index
1923 1924 Victor Griffin Hatcher Index
1908 1922 David Hepworth Hatcher Index
1907 1907 Fred Taylor Hatcher Index
1905 1906 Richard W Owen Hatcher Index
1902 1903 Mary Lynch Hatcher Index
1899 1901 John Frost Hatcher Index
1897 1898 Peter & Marion Poland nee Fleming Hatcher Index
1896 1896 Michael Quinlisk Hatcher Index
1891 1891 Jos Williams Hatcher Index
1889 1890 WH McCoy Hatcher Index
1885 1888 James Delahunty Hatcher Index
1884 1884 John McNamara Hatcher Index
1883 1883 Henry James Hatcher Index
1880 1882 Edward Brodie Hatcher Index
1878 1879 Pat Cooney Hatcher Index
1875 1877 John Guest Hatcher Index
1874 1874 Frank O’Dea or O’Day Hatcher Index
1873 1873 John Shillinglaw Hatcher Index
1871 1872 Michael Gill Hatcher Index
1868 1870 Alexander Bruce Hatcher Index
1867 1867 John Guthrie Hatcher Index

Social History

John Guest was living at 73 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1875.

Sands & McDougall directory

Marion Poland nee Fleming

The Age

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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