86 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Bentley’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed 19/8/1859
Style Victorian, Early : 1840-1860
Builder Robert Bentley, Dudley Street West Melbourne

Timelapse Building Images




90, 88 & 86 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne.

North Melbourne Library

Land Details

1895 MMBW map.

Building Details

A wood house. (with rear back garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

19th August 1859, Registration number 556.
Fee paid: £1.0.0
Builder: Mr. Robert Bentley, Dudley St West Melbourne.
Owner: Mr Robert Bentley.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

One single story double fronted 4 room brick terrace cottage with balcony, bluestone foundations and slate roof. (with rear back garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

19th August 1865, Registration number 1068.
Fee paid: £1.10.0
Builder: Mr. Robert Bentley.
Owner: Mr Robert Bentley.

Other significant building craft-works carried out by Robert Bentley can be viewed here.

Burchett Index

Architectural Features

  • Fin Wall

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Doors

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Roof

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Steps

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

This home and surrounding section of Victorian era terrace buildings does have important social, historical and architectural significance for Abbotsford street and the wider surrounding neighborhood.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1939 1974 James Robert Wigmore Leech Hatcher Index
1913 1937 Annie Birtwistle Hatcher Index
1901 1912 Birtwistle Trustees Hatcher Index
1898 1900 Joseph Birtwistle Hatcher Index
1891 1897 Henry Herbert Bindon Hatcher Index
1889 1890 William Butters Hatcher Index
1885 1888 Margaret Bennett Hatcher Index
1880 1884 Thomas Wells Hatcher Index
1878 1879 David Dean Hatcher Index
1872 1877 Thomas Wells Hatcher Index
1859 1871 Robert Bently Hatcher Index
1858 T Brunton (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
1949 1974 Jack Gerald Carr Hatcher Index
1943 1948 Mary Joyce Carr Hatcher Index
1942 1942 John Gerald Carr Hatcher Index
1940 1941 James Fawkner Hatcher Index
1939 1939 Robert Heatley Hatcher Index
1937 1937 Phillip O’Connor Hatcher Index
1933 1936 blank Hatcher Index
1932 1932 Robert Banks Hatcher Index
1928 1931 Frederick Polosky Hatcher Index
1925 1927 Herbert G Marsden Hatcher Index
1923 1924 Susan Roberts Hatcher Index
1911 1922 William Roberts Hatcher Index
1910 1910 Michael O’Sullivan Hatcher Index
1907 1908 Ernest Hill Hatcher Index
1904 1905 Henry Elliott Hatcher Index
1901 1903 Louis Gravos Hatcher Index
1899 1899 William Branson Hatcher Index
1898 1898 Eugene O’Callaghan Hatcher Index
1896 1897 Thomas Stevens Hatcher Index
1894 1895 Frederick Madden Hatcher Index
1892 1893 John Hunt Hatcher Index
1890 1891 William Butters Hatcher Index
1886 1888 Miss Bennett Hatcher Index
1885 1885 Mrs Margaret Bennett Hatcher Index
1880 1884 Thomas & Mrs Tweddle Hatcher Index
1879 1879 William Cottew Hatcher Index
1878 1878 David Dean Hatcher Index
1872 1877 Thomas Wells Hatcher Index
1865 1871 Robert Bently Hatcher Index

Social History

Robert Bentley was living at 86 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne in 1867.

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


The controls listed below affect this property:

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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