French, William (1821-1897)

Mr William French is thought to have been a native of Hertfordshire England born about 1821.

It is also thought William might have arrived in Port Phillip sometime between 1848 to 1854 on the vessel ‘Truro’.

The French family lived on Adderley Street between Hawke & Abbotsford streets in West Melbourne in 1870, according to Sands & McDougal directory. In 1865 the French family were living at Byron Street Hotham.

William French, a Master Bricklayer by trade became a successful builder during his life in Melbourne.

Significant building works carried out by William French are listed below.

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Building IDLocationOwnerSuburbBuilding StateBuilding TypeBuilderBuild Date (YYYY MM DD)Melbourne Council Notice of Intention to Build number
72612cottage at Adderley St – near HawkeFrench, William – Byron St – HothamWest MelbourneVICHousesFrench, William1865 11 61181
72638building cnr Adderley & AbbotsfordFrench, WWest MelbourneVICBuildingsFrench, W1867 02 51869
72708cottage on Adderley StFrench, WilliamWest MelbourneVICHousesFrench, William1870 05 23893
72778two houses cnr Adderley & Abbotsford StFrench, WWest MelbourneVICHousesFrench, W1875 01 266211
72634two story house on Abbotsford StFrench, WilliamWest MelbourneVICHousesFrench, William – Adderley St1885 08 201681
71137two two story houses on Railway PlaceFrench, WilliamWest MelbourneVICHousesFrench, Wiliiam – Adderley St West Melb.1887 04 52728
71140two houses on Railway PlaceFrench, WilliamWest MelbourneVICHousesFrench, W R – 103 Haines St Hotham Hill1892 04 145432

Table source:

Main source: Public Records Office of Victoria, BDM Victoria and the Melbourne edition of the Sands & McDougall directoy.