Combermere Street 47 (Aberfeldie house Stables), Aberfeldie (1).JPG
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - December 9, 2013
What is significant? The former 'Aberfeldie' stable block, constructed c.1869 and situated at the rear of the houses at 47 and 49 Combermere Street, Aberfeldie, is significant. The main surviving part of the stables is situated on the rear boundary of no.47, with the east wall of the building following the boundary line. It is a single storey building constructed of brick, with bluestone foundations and a low-pitched hip roof clad in slate. The iron guttering along the east and north appears to have a very early profile and may be original. At the north end is a skillion roof section (roof now missing) with a parapet wall on the boundary. The west elevation has several openings with louvred shutters, while the east elevation or boundary wall has two closed over windows with segmental brick arched windows with bluestone sills. The roof of the building has been truncated where it meets the boundary of the adjoining property to the south (no.49), however, part of the boundary wall continues and has been incorporated into a new wall along the boundary of that property. The surviving section includes a bluestone sill indicating the position of another window.
The other buildings on these sites are not significant.
How is it significant?
The former 'Aberfeldie' stable block at 47 and 49 Combermere Street, Aberfeldie is of local historic and archaeological significance to the City of Moonee Valley.
Why is it significant? It is significant for its associations with the early settlement of Essendon as the only surviving building of 'Aberfeldie' which was the first house in this district and gave the area its name, and as a building that pre-dates the suburban development that commenced from 1888 onwards. It is also significant as a rare representative example of an early stables building and of a building dating from the 1860s. It is also significant for its association with the pioneering Robertson family, who were among the first European settlers in the Aberfeldie district. (Criteria A, B, D & H)
The whole of the building, including the remaining wall and the adjoining land is of importance for its potential to yield further information about the historic development of this area. (Criterion C)