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95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

Former Footscray player and Footscray/Western Bulldogs Past Players and Officials Group president is selling his house – which used to be RAOB Hall – at 95 Neill St, Carlton.


Veteran Footscray VFL player Ross Abbey and wife Marj are selling their three-storey Carlton house that was formerly home to one of Victoria’s oldest fraternal clubs.

Abbey played 123 games with Footscray between 1971-81.

The son of Footscray 1954 premiership player Angus Abbey, he also represented Victoria at an interstate level and is the Footscray/Western Bulldogs Past Players and Officials Group president.

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He and Marj purchased 95 Neill St, featuring a floating staircase backed by an exposed brick wall, a glass-encased courtyard and Juliet balcony, five years ago.

The circa-1918 building was constructed for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, a little-known Freemason-style social organisation that raises funds for charity.

The order began in the UK in 1822 and spread to Australia in the 19th century.

The house was converted to a home about 2001 but its red-brick facade still bears the words “RAOB Hall”.

95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

The former RAOB Hall was converted to a home about 21 years ago.


95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

Enjoy a meal or entertain.


95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

Architecturally designed interiors over three levels are linked by a floating staircase backed by an exposed brick feature wall.


The Abbeys’ have renovated the abode including installing updated lighting, cupboards and wardrobes, adding a new kitchen oven and induction cooktop, upgrading the laundry and repainting.

“It’s very light, it has plenty coming from the north and the central courtyard add to it,” Abbey said.

“The master bedroom has views to the city that are spectacular.”

95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

Footscray history. September 1974. Footscray half back Ross Abbey (21) with his father Angus.

Footscray half back Ross Abbey, 21, with his father and 1954 premiership player, Angus, in September 1974.


95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

Ross Abbey has been the Footscray/Western Bulldogs Past Players and Officials Group president for the past seven seasons and counting. He is pictured with the 2016 AFL Premiership Cup, after the Bulldogs won the grand final.


A photo of Abbey’s 1975 Victorian football team hung on a wall and his father’s premiership jumper on another wall until recently, when the home was staged for the sales campaign.

Abbey said he and Marj loved the location close to Curtain Square, the Carlton Baths, Carlton Gardens, Edinburgh Gardens and Princes Park.

Even before moving to the area, he attended the nearby Rathdowne St Cafe most days, where he is friends with many patrons.

95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

Abbey with his father’s framed 1954 premiership jumper.


95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

One of three chic bathrooms.


Brad Teal Woodards director Brad Teal said the “beautiful, well-built property” offered spacious inner city living.

“This is four-bedroom, three-bathroom, three toilets and with a double tandem garage off the back lane, that has a turntable you can drive your car onto and will rotate around for you to drive out,” Mr Teal said.

“It has the vaulted ceiling of the old hall upstairs in the lounge with north-facing light, I’m guessing it might be a 4.5m-high ceiling.”

The home will be auctioned with a $2.6m-$2.8m asking range on October 8.

95 Neill St, Carlton - for herald sun real estate

RAOB Hall was previously headquarters to a local chapter of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, also known as “the Buffs”.


1976. Footscray's Gary Dempsey marks against Carlton while teammate Ross Abbey looks on. Neg: JF14081?

Footscray’s Gary Dempsey marks against Carlton while teammate Ross Abbey looks on in 1976.


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