City of Albany

Place Number



22-28 Aberdeen St Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Albany Chiropractic
Professional Offices

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1890

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 27 Oct 2020

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001
Local Heritage Survey Adopted 27 Oct 2020

Statement of Significance

The place at 24 Aberdeen Street has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons: The house was one of the first to be constructed in Aberdeen Street and an early boarding house in Albany dating from the c1888 and that is still extant along with 15 Aberdeen Street built at the same time. The place was originally owned by Captain John Hassell, whose family became well-known in local civic and commercial affairs in Albany and the Great Southern, including establishing one of the early commercial premises on Stirling Tce, and who ran this place as a boarding house for many years. The place is significant as part of a group of historic houses/buildings in Aberdeen Street built from 1880s to 1900s that have heritage value both individually and as part of a streetscape, comprising a complimentary mix of residential and institutional buildings many of which were converted very early to commercial use to form an important commercial business district of the historic townsite.

Physical Description

Integrity: High/Moderate Authenticity: High/Moderate


The former house at 24 Aberdeen St was constructed in the mid-1880s by 1888. Photographic evidence shows it in the same photograph as the Town Hall (York St) built 1888 (refer AHC 3002P). The Rate Book of 1890 notes a house on Lot 145 owned by John Hassell Esq and the occupant was Mrs Elizabeth Nicholls, Boarding Housekeeper. Captain John Hassell, former master mariner with the Royal Navy and originally from Tasmania, first came to Albany in 1829 but did not settle in Albany permanently until 1839 when he returned with wife Ellen (nee Boucher) and son John Frederick Tasman Hassell. John and Ellen Hassell had a total of 5 sons and 1 daughter. John (J F T) the eldest born in Tasmania, then the rest born in Albany including Albert Young (A Y) (1841); Frances Reuben; Arthur Wollaston (A W); Alfred Govey (died in Adelaide c1880); and Ellen Belinda who became Mrs Nicholson. Hassell became one of the largest landholders in the Albany/Great Southern region from the early years of British settlement. After John Hassell died in 1883, many of his properties were managed by his sons John, Albert and Arthur, as part of the family’s estate including Lot 145. In 1890, many of these holdings were put up for auction. Lot 145 was advertised as a corner grant with a cottage. (Albany Observer 11/12/1890). This house however remained in the ownership of the Hassells and continued to be used as a boarding house, with Mrs Hassell advertising for respectable boarders in the Albany Advertiser in the late 1890s. By 1954 the place was owned by Ethel and James Critchison. It later became a commercial/health premise as Aberdeen Street changed from a residential to commercial zone, currently functioning as Albany Chiropractic.


Integrity: High/Moderate Authenticity: High/Moderate




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Albany Advertiser - 15 April 1899 Pg 2 Albany Advertiser 1899
City of Albany Rate Books City of Albany
Heritage TODA Y Site visit and Assessment Heritage Today 1999 & 2000

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use HEALTH Other

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

10 Mar 2000

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Last Update

03 Nov 2023


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