88 Abbotsford Street

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

Also known as Smith’s row house Source: Hatcher Index
Previous Address
Constructed 13/11/1860
Style Victorian, Early : 1840-1860
Builder Thomas Smith

Timelapse Building Images


source Commaps


90, 88 & 86 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne.

Description:   Image held by North Melbourne Library. 86-88 Abbotsford Street. Number 86 is on the right. A good streetscape of original houses of a very early type.

source North Melbourne Library


“The evolution of the house begins with humble single storey, single fronted houses, built together, with the enterance door alongside the dividing wall, and a passage leading through to the rear.
A cast iron fence might seperate verandah from street, and a frieze was often added as decoration. 88-94 Abbotsford Street, West Melbourne”

source: Victorian Heritage by E. Graeme Robertson 1974.

image source: Victorian Heritage by E. Graeme Robertson 1974.


Mrs. Margaret O’Reilly, her grandchildren, Mary, Dennis, Jack and Ann or Norah, and their mother, Margaret O’Reilly Sheehan outside the lodging house Margaret O’Reilly ran at 88 Abbotsford Street.

source photo courtesy of Gerry Duggan.

Land Details

1. 1895 MMBW map.

2. Compiled Crown Record Plan

3. 1858 first crown land purchaser: Mr. T. Brunton (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7305206)

Building Details

First building on the site was a wood house. (with rear back garden space)

Notice of Intent to Build.

13th November 1860, Registration number 633.
Fee paid: £1.10.0
Builder: Mr. Thomas Smith.
Owner: Mr Thomas Smith.


Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

Second building on the site is the existing two story Victorian style terrace.

Architectural Features

  • Building Ornamentation
    Cast Iron

    photographer: Stephen Hatcher, 2020

  • Balcony

    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
1958 1974 Sam & Pauline Ciappasa Hatcher Index
1955 1957 Stella Palmer Hatcher Index
1954 1954 Paul Camilleri Hatcher Index
1953 1953 Lazaros Constantinou Hatcher Index
1949 1952 Augustine Proietti, Antonio Saccardo Hatcher Index
1944 1948 Alice Ellen Brogan Hatcher Index
1939 1943 Alice Ellen Livingstone Hatcher Index
1907 1937 Christopher Thomas Hatcher Index
1871 1906 Richard Thomas Hatcher Index
1866 1870 Mrs Watts Hatcher Index
1862 1863 J Smith Hatcher Index
1861 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
1971 1974 Aute Jurenovic Hatcher Index
1967 1970 Spase Taskovski Hatcher Index
1965 1965 Salvatore Tassone Hatcher Index
1961 1963 Angelo Yrimna Hatcher Index
1958 1960 Sam & Pauline Ciappara Hatcher Index
1955 1957 Stella Palmer Hatcher Index
1954 1954 Paul Camilleri Hatcher Index
1953 1953 Lazaros Constantinou Hatcher Index
1952 1952 Augustine Proietti Hatcher Index
1943 1951 Sydney Phillip Stocker Hatcher Index
1934 1942 Mrs Elizabeth Frances Price Hatcher Index
1930 1932 Irene Clark Hatcher Index
1921 1926 Mrs Ellen M Prendergast Hatcher Index
1919 1920 Henry Splatt Hatcher Index
1917 1918 Alfred Kellen Hatcher Index
1915 1916 David Dwyer Hatcher Index
1913 1914 Otto A Forsberg Hatcher Index
1898 1912 Margaret O’Reilly Hatcher Index
1896 1897 ? Castrick Hatcher Index
1894 1895 Emily Lipmah or Lipman Hatcher Index
1889 1891 Mrs Smith Hatcher Index
1886 1887 Mrs Ryan Hatcher Index
1885 1885 John Clarke Hatcher Index
1883 1884 Fred Hodges Hatcher Index
1873 1882 Andrew S Tate Hatcher Index
1867 1872 Henry Prott Hatcher Index
1862 1863 John or Thomas Smith Hatcher Index

Social History

1900 Margaret O’Reilly lived at 88 Abbotsford Street West Melbourne from 1898 to 1912 and operated the home as a lodging house. Her daughter Margaret Mary Sheehan lived around the corner at 7 Miller Street.

source North Melbourne Library

Mr Smith was living at 88 Abbotsford Street in 1863.

source 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

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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