When rates were introduced in 1861 a cottage, almost certainly this one, stood here on the extensive property of Ambrose Foss, and John Jacob Hellman (or Hillman) shoemaker, was his tenant. When Foss died in 1862, Hellman purchased his cottage “by the bridge” (Alexandra Street crossed a creek here) and the Hellman family went on living in it for many years. During the 1880s Mrs Ann Hellman had a dairy here (see also Mrs Quirk dairying in Madeline Street in adjacent property). The Hellman family built several nearby houses (34 and 38 Alexandra Street).
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