|Posted by Mark @ Archival Access Victoria on June 2, 2013 at 4:30 AM|
When I'm being really good, I take my dog for a walk every day, usually through the surrounding streets near my place in Ascot Vale. There are plenty of nice old houses I pass by on my walk, but one building always gets me thinking about what it was, and why it looks like it hasn't been occupied in a number of decades.
I've finally gotten around to doing a bit of researching on it (after five years of walking right by it!)
You can see from the photo that it used to be home to a refrigeration engineer, but obviously not for some time. My titles research revealed the following ownership history:
c.1840 Alexander William Fraser, original selector
1883 Alexander Magan
1887 William Merrifield, Carpenter
1888 John Morris Neilson
1888 Federal Building Society
1889 Thomas Davey, Traveller (lived just up the road on The Parade)
1889 Federal Building Society
1890 Belinda Davey, Widow
1890 Various Building Societies (a sign of the times!)
1901 Hannah Moore
1901 Katie Ellison
1910 Federal Building Society
1913 John Henry Huxtable
1916 The Estate of John Henry Huxtable
1927 Chapman & Emmeline Woods
1936 Harriet Ann Woods
1947 Michael John McMahon, Refrigeration Engineer
1963 Salvatore & Carmelo Pappalardo
So it seems by the state of the building that the premises have not been occupied or used since 1963 when the refrigerator engineer, Michael McMahon, sold the property to the Pappalardos. I wonder why?! This little block would be worth a fortune now!
After this little exercise (my walk and my research!) I'm looking forward to researching some other properties in my neighbourhood that have piqued my interest in the past.
If your interested in a building in your neighbourhood, or even your own house - give me a buzz and hopefully I can dig something up for you.