What’s In A Name? – Kilmore Road Names

The following is an edited version of the articles, “What’s In A Name?” by Elizabeth Pidgeon and Heather Knight, originally published in Kilmore Connections, September 2001 and subsequent update, “Kilmore Road Names” in March 2005.

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“The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind” – Elias Canetti

Following the recent proposal [2001] by the Historical Society to submit a list of recommended names to the Mitchell Shire for consideration when naming future streets, it was thought a review of existing street names might be in order. Since the inception of this article, there have been moves by the Mitchell Shire to change existing street and place names, so perhaps this is an appropriate time to reflect on why certain names in the past may have been chosen. Approximately one hundred streets exist in the Kilmore township today.

Albert Street – Prince Albert Francis Charles Augustus 1819-1861. Prince Consort and husband of Queen Victoria. Prince Albert took an active interest in the arts, science, trade and industry; the project for which he is best remembered is the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Alfred Street – Named for Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, son of Queen Victoria. He was the target of an assassination attempt when he visited Sydney in 1867.

Allan Street – Named for Robert Allan, miller. It would appear that there was another Mr. Allen (spelt with an ‘e’) in Kilmore and it was he that left Kilmore in 1865 to become a Primitive Methodist Minister. Perhaps he is the Mr. Allen after whom Allen Street is named. There was also another Allen family living in the district.

Robert Allan the miller, was involved with the Presbyterian Church.  J. A. Maher in “The Tale of a Century” , states that Alan’s mill (he spells Allen with an ‘e’ to add to the confUsion) was built about 1844 and was the first in the Port Phillip District. However, according to Lewis and Peggy Jones’ book ‘The Flour Mills of Victoria 184 9-1990,’ there were several flour mills earlier than Robert Allan’s, which they claim was probably built in 1847. Maher p.1 7; Jones p.103-I 05, Kilmore on the Sydney Road, Maya Tucker p.54; Kilmore Examiner 21 March 1S65; Kilmore Examiner 9 Sept 1858.

Andersons Road – Most likely after Charles Grattan Anderson, 1828-1901. Squatter, miner, businessman and pound keeper. Born in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Charles arrived in the colony in 1837 age 9. He later left to go to India but returned for the gold rush in 1850 and was present at Eureka, where he narrowly missed being shot. He held the Pontisford run from 1854, was a land-owner in the Parishes of Glenburnie and Bylands, a member of the Masonic lodge and was the Kilmore pound keeper from the 1850’s until a year or so before his death. He died in 1901 in East Melbourne.

Andrew Street – Saint Andrew was one of the twelve apostles. Patron Saint of Scotland and Russia.

Ballantine Court – William Ballantine was an early landholder in Kilmore. He was a committee member of the Total Abstinance Society.

Banool Avenue – Aboriginal for “high hill”. The name of the property at 18 Fitzroy Street (which runs behind Banool Avenue), built by George Hudson in 1926. At the time he was a partner in the real estate firm Osborne and Hudson. Banool Avenue, was named when the Banool subdivision was named after his own property and promoted in the late 1960s by George Hudson.

Bindley Court – Frank Lane Bindley 1830 — 1870. Surgeon and landholder. Dr. Bindley was a prominent early Kilmore resident. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and president of the Library Committee. He built Bindley House in Powlett Street in the 1860s. Dr. Bindley was recognised as a very clever surgeon for his time. He died in September 1870 aged only 40 and is buried in the Kilmore General Cemetery.

Bourke Street – Sir Richard Bourke 1777-1855. Governor of NSW, 1831-38. Regarded as a successful administrator, he brought order to the squatting situation by creating a licensing system for all those farmers who wanted to take up land beyond the settlements. Governor Bourke actively supported self-government of the colony, provided state aid to religious schools, gave full legal rights to emancipists and created an organised system of immigration and introduced trial by jury.

Boyd Street— Off White street. Named for John Boyd of the Wallan Wallan Station. He is buried in the Kilmore General Cemetery.

Branigan Drive (nth of Green’s Pinch) – Named for the Rev. Michael Branigan. Born at Olbridge, near Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. Thought to have been born in 1834, he was ordained on 11 June 1858 and was not (error in the Sept 2001 issue), the first priest ordained in Victoria; this honour, according to Maher goes to Father Maurice Stack who was assistant to Fr. Branigan at one stage. Fr. Stack was ordained on 13th April 1851 in Melbourne. (Jim Lowden, Maher p. 71)

Broadhurst Street and Tootle Street – Robert Benson Broadhurst c.1814—1898. Squatter, surveyor and community worker and Alfred Dowley Tootal 1822-1874. Squatter and businessman.

Alfred D. Tootal, in partnership with Robert Broadhurst and Colonel Henry John White, took over the Long Hills Station. and renamed it Belle Vue. Alfred Tootal’s mother was Sarah Broadhurst and Tootal appears as the second name of several of the Broadhurst children. The Broadhurst family had the license of the Belle Vue run (between Wallan and Bylands) from October 1842 to May 1853 and The Dean run (4 miles north east of Wallan) from April 1849 to Jan 1862. Alfred Tootal was also licensee of the Pontesford Run from Feb 1846-Jan 1851. Fittingly, in recognition of their partnership, Broadhurst Street runs close to Tootle Street. Robert married Eliza Kilgour, daughter of Andrew Beveridge. The family established a station with evidence of a “refined lifestyle”. There is also a Broadhurst Lane out of Wandong. The spelling of the name Tootal has been corrupted to Tootle.

The Broadhurst brothers and Tootal brothers were cousins. They were all members of the Manchester-based fabric firm Tootal, Broadhurst, Lee & Co. (Jim Lowden).

Burgess Road – William Burgess 1805-18? Farmer and labourer.

Butler’s Road – This road was named for John Matthew Butler, whose son Kevin John lived in “Lai Fale,” Butler’s Road until his death in 2000. (Jim Lowden).

John Butler 1820— 1865. Hotelier (Red Lion), farmer and councillor. John Butler was one of Kilmore’s earlier settlers, arriving in the town about the year 1847 when one of his children was born at Kilmore. He owned land in the town and in the parish of Bylands. John Butler was on the first council elected in 1856 and was a member of the Mechanics’ Institute. He built the Red Lion Hotel in 1856 and held the license until April 1865. His daughter (Sister Francis) was the first native-born nun in Victoria, joining the Mercy Order. He died at his residence at Bylands in June 1865 His wife Ellen (nee Bourke) died in 1864.

Henry Butler 1825-1901. Farmer. A substantial land owner at Kilmore East. His son, MI J. Butler was on the shire council for the Bylands and Glenburnie riding. Butler has been a name synonymous with Kilmore East for many years, with some members of the family prominent in local government.

Chapel Street –The Catholic Parish of St. Patrick’s was established in 1849 (the oldest inland Catholic parish in Victoria). While raising funds for a permanent building, a temporary wooden church or chapel was established some time between 1850 and 1854 on Brewery Hill, at the northern end of the present Chapel Street.

Church Street – The Anglican Christ Church is located in this street. The first stone was laid in 1857 and the Church was completed in 1864.

Clancy Road – This road runs near original and present Clancy family property. Another family name which is synonymous with Kilmore.

Clarke Street – Reay McKay Clarke 1815-1882. Early Settler, squatter, flour-miller, coach operator and hotelier. Reay Clarke arrived at Port Phillip in 1838. He operated the Currency Lad Hotel and later the Dunrobin Castle Hotel around 1848, as well as other hotels in the Sunday Creek (Broadford) area. He was licensee of the East Moranding Run, (north of Kilmore) from March 1853 to April 1855. Reay owned the property “Lauriston” which was situated on what is now known as Clarke Street. In 1856 he built the Albion Flour Mill and sold it a year later to Henry Wilson. He died in Kilmore in 1882.

Father Charles Clarke 1814-1854. First Catholic priest for the parish of Kilmore, arriving in Kilmore in 1849. He purchased land for the first Catholic Church at Brewery Hill where the first Catholic Church was built in Chapel Street. Clarke Street runs near this site. Charles Clarke died in 1854 and was buried in Melbourne.

Conway Street – Michael Conway 1829-19 15. Farmer, benefactor, Shire of Kilmore Councillor.

Donated land to the Sisters of Mercy for their school. Retired into a house he built in Conway Street, opposite the Kilmore railway station. He is buried in the Kilmore Catholic Cemetery.

Curry Road – Michael Curry c.1829- 1907. Landowner, labourer. Born in County Clare, Ireland, Michael arrived in Port Phillip about 1848. He married Jane McDonald in Kilmore in 1860, citing his occupation as labourer. Together they reared thirteen children. For many years he was engaged in municipal contract works. He owned Lot 129 Parish of Bylands, next to the cemetery. He was a resident of Kilmore for over fifty years and is buried in the Kilmore Catholic Cemetery.

East Street – East street, along with Kelly’s Lane, forms the eastern boundary of Rutledge’s Special Survey.

Fitzroy Street – Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy 1796-1858. Appointed Governor of NSW in 1846. Governor—General of all Australian colonies 1851-1855. During his time as Governor General, Victoria became a separate colony. He presided at a time of unprecedented immigration, precipitated by the gold rush.

Foote Street – Named for surveyor Henry Boorn Foot. He surveyed the route of the present Hume Freeway.  On the government survey map the name is spelt Foot and the use of ‘Foote’ is incorrect. We used the spelling used on the street signs for the street name article but used the spelling of Foot as preferred by the family researcher for the front cover and short article about Henry Foot in Kilmore Connections Sept 2001.

George Street – St. George, patron Saint of England.

Gipps Street – Sir George Gipps 1791— 1847. Governor of NSW 1837-1846. A leading figure when major squatting was taking place around Port Phillip.

Glanville Drive (Industrial estate) – Richard Glanville 1796-1879. Farmer, gardener, carpenter. His son Dick Glanville was a well-known boot-maker and operated his business in the building where the Kilmore Book Shop is today.

Graves Street – The origin of this street name is unclear: One theory is that there may have been an early cemetery in the vicinity. James Howden Graves was an original licensee of the Clonbinane Station near Kilmore in 1874.

This street has also been spelt as Greaves Street in both the rate books and newspapers. Perhaps this is indeed the original spelling but was pronounced “graves” and the spelling has since changed.

Green Street / Green’s Pinch – William Pomeroy Greene 1817 — 1845. Landowner, squatter and “gentleman colonist”. Captain Greene emigrated with his wife and family and large household from England for health reasons. In 1838 Green, in partnership with F. A. Powlett, took up (squatted upon) 28,000 acres of land, a station they named Moranding. About 1838 a police force was established and the police were located on Powlett and Green’s Station, about 2 and ½ miles north of Kilmore. The spot has since been known as Green’s Pinch. (A pinch being a steep climb). In 1844 they sold up to Tasmanian squatter Joseph Sutherland.

Griffin Street – John Griffin 1812-Oct 1876. Hotelier. John and Ellen Griffin arrived in Melbourne from Ireland in 1841. John’s “Farmers’ Arms Hotel” stood on the SE corner of Griffin street and the northern highway (formerly the Sydney road). John Griffin was a member of the first Shire Council and the Willowmavin Road Board. Meetings of this board were held in his hotel. Many dances were also held there. His eldest son John Griffin was Victoria’s first native born priest. John Griffin died in October 1876 and is buried in the Kilmore Catholic Cemetery.

Hamilton Street – William Hamilton. 1802—1872. Squatter. William Hamilton took up Glenaroua Station on the Sugarloaf Creek outside Kilmore from 1838 till October 1882, as well as at Pyalong Station from February 1866 to June 1870. He is buried in the Kilmore General Cemetery.

Harrington Street (Kilmore East) – Named for Gerald Harrington who died in 1995. He owned the property to the east of the Hume and Hovell Reserve and Hunts Road from the 1950’s. He married Bernadette Kelly, daughter of John and Bridget Kelly and lived in O’Grady’s Road near the former Kilmore East Hotel. On the sale of his property in the early 1970’s, it was subdivided and Harrington street was created at the time. (Jim Lowden).

Highgate Road – Named for its high ground, which was probably the main road into Kilmore from the Willomavin Survey during the wet season.

Hunts Road – Thomas Hunt 1842-1934. Newspaper proprietor, journalist, banker and politician. In partnership with George Good and T.J. Ryan he formed the Kilmore Butter Factory which opened in 1892. He was associated with the Imperial Bank and became Kilmore’s member in the Legislative Assembly in 1874 Hunt co-formed the Kilmore Electric Light Company in 1907 and was also involved with the Agricultural Society.

Patrick Hunt (brother to Thomas). Major landholder in Kilmore East. Both Irish nationalists. President of the Kilmore Shire 1886, 1887, 1892.

John Street – Probably named for John Lamb, as this runs into the former Lamb Street, now Foote Street.

Junction Road – The junction of John and Murray Street and Highgate Road west of Brewery Hill.

Kelly’s Lane – Possibly after Patrick Kelly who owned land along the lane.

Lamb Street – Captain John Lamb 1790-1862. Naval Officer, politician, merchant and land speculator. Foote Street was originally known as Lamb Street. William Rutledge sold part of his survey land to a Sydney syndicate of three lawyers. Captain John Lamb was one of these and it is possible he did not even set foot in Kilmore as he resided in Sydney.

Lumsden Street – Thomas Lumsden 1819- 1868 Doctor, squatter and magistrate. Appointed coroner for the area in 1852.

Maher Street – A Pyalong pioneering family. James Alphius (J.A.) Maher wrote an early history of Kilmore — mainly of personal reminiscences entitled: The Tale of a Century – Kilmore (1837-1937)

MeKercher’s Road – Alexander McKercher 1818-1903. Prominent pioneer landowner at Bylands.

Meade Court (nth of Green’s Pinch) – Thomas de Courcy Meade 1822-1882. Born Bandon, Co. Cork., the son of a CE clergyman. He arrived in 1852, attracted to Victoria by the gold rush. Almost immediately he commenced work as Clerk of Courts at Kilmore. After 12 months he resigned to begin practice as a solicitor in Kilmore. Thomas Meade was a member of the Kilmore Road Board and its chairman in 1859 and a member of the Bylands and Glenburnie Road Board. He became active in Kilmore’s social life, especially horse racing and hunting. Thomas died in January 1882 and is buried in the Kilmore General cemetery near Drs. Bindley and Beaven.

Melbourne Street – William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848). First British Prime Minister under Queen Victoria, The city of Melbourne was named in his honour by Governor Bourke.

Melrose Drive – The well-known property ‘Melrose Hall’ farm was originally owned by Thomas De Courcy Meade. The property was originally named ‘Laurel Hill’. After his death in 1882 the property was purchased by Thomas Hunt.

Mill Street – In 1860 Mill Street divided the shops on the east side of Sydney Street. It led to and from Trainor’s flour mill (where the old Colonial Bank is now situated) on the west side of Sydney Street, from Patrick Sweet and Victoria Parade. In the early 1980s, the local council blocked through way access and created a mall.

Mitchell Street – Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell 1792-1855. Surveyor-General, explorer and overlander.

Murray Street – Murray Sweet probably named for General Sir George Murray (1772-1846), Secretary of State for the Colonies 1828-30.

Mollison Court – Alexander Fullerton Mollison, overlander, squatter and a licensee of Pyalong Station which he took up in 1838. He was appointed a J. P. in 1838. Alexander returned to England in 1860 and travelled extensively in Britain and Europe with his sisters. He came back to Australia in 1873 to live with his sister Elizabeth at Kew, where he died.

Alexander’s brother, William Thomas Mollison joined Alexander at Pyalong in January 1838 andwas a joint manager of Pyalong Station. A third brother (Crawford Mollison) joined them in 1839. In1850 Alexander sold his share of Pyalong Station to his brother William Mollison. William consequently sold the property in 1866 to William Hamilton, the owner of Glenaroua Station. William Mollison bought a suburban block at Kilmore and was appointed an honorary magistrate at Kilmore. He was a bachelor and died in England in 1886. (Kilmore on the Sydney Road;  Stilts & Kenyon. Pastoral licences of Port Philipp. 116; www. trinity. unimelb.edu.au/library/address. Shtml)

Monument Road – Named for the monument erected at the top of Monument Hill in 1924 to the memory of the explorers Hume and Hovell. The monument is constructed of bluestone from the gaol’s watch-house. It was built by returned soldiers after WWI to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the explorers’ overland journey, and the naming by the Country Roads Board of the Hume Highway. It was recently restored.

Moore Court and Cottage Crescent – Moore cottage which was once situated on the Lancefleld Road, was reputedly built in the 1860’s by Henry Van Heems, an early hardware store proprietor, amateur and later professional photographer and inventor. Samuel Robert Moore purchased the property in the early 1900’s and established a contract shearing shed and dipping centre there with John Henry Walter in 1912. The cottage has since been demolished. (Jim Lowden).

Morris Road – Henry 1819-1859 and Judith Morris 1820-1885. Early pioneers, hoteliers and prominent landholders. Henry was the second licensee of Kilmore’s first hotel ‘The Kilmore Inn’ in 1845. In 1856 he was elected to the first council and was also Kilmore’s first postmaster. He died in 1859 aged 40. In 1865, Henry Morris’ widow Judith, was the largest land holder and renter of premises in Kilmore. She donated land to the Government for the Post office and Court House and also for the Mechanic’s Institute for their hall across the road.

O’Grady Road (Kilmore East) – Patrick O’Grady 1814-1897 was a landowner near Wandong. For many years he lived where the Mobil service station is situated. He grew his own tobacco and operated a snuff and tobacco factory in Kilmore.

Old Mill Road/Mill Road – The former Albion flour mill still exists. Kilmore had a dependence on flour milling in its early development. Reay Clarke, a prominent early settler built the mill with his brother-in-law James McKenzie in 1856. It was sold the following year to Henry Wilson and remained in operation until 1894.

Patrick Street – St. Patrick c.385-c.46 1. Patron Saint of Ireland. Early Kilmore had a prominent Irish population. The Catholic Church was named for St. Patrick.

Payne’s Road (town outskirts) – The Hon. Thomas Henry Payne (1862-1932), M.L.C. bought the property “Woodburn” from the Beveridge family in 1907. The Payne family of “Woodburn” were noted for their Red Poll cattle in the 1920’s, (not Herefords), and exhibited them annually at the Melbourne Show from the 1920’s through to the 1960’s. Herefords were introduced to the Payne’s property “Woodburn” in the 1970’s. (Jim Lowden).

Piper Street – Mt. Piper was named by Hume and Hovell in 1824 after Captain John Piper, NSW collector of customs. Piper appears to have been a sponsor of the expedition. (Jim Lowden).

Pontisford Crt – Pontisford (or Pontesford) Station of 8000 acres, was situated two miles west of Kilmore. The station plan gives the name as Pontesford. The initial holders were brothers, Henry Holt and William Jones who transferred the run to A.D. & A.E. Tootal in 1846. In 1851 W.R. Looker and J.G. Mouatt took over, followed by Andrew Linton and then Charles Grattan Anderson who sold out ten years later.

Powlett Street – Frederick Armand Powlett 1809-1865. Public Servant Justice of the Peace, Chief Commissioner of Crown lands and Colonial Treasurer. Frederick Armand Powlett was born in England and came to Van Dieman’s land in 1837. After moving to the Port Phillip District in 1839, he accumulated large pastoral interests including a sheep station on the Moranding Run near Pyalong. In 1838 He was appointed one of the first of three Police Magistrates in the Port Philip District. He was also the first Gold Commissioner in Victoria and was a co-founder of the Melbourne Club and the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Railway Court – On some maps as Railway Parade. The present street signage indicates Railway Court. This short road off Sutherland Street leads to the former site of the Kilmore railway station which was established in 1888. The last passenger train on the line travelled to Heathcote on 9th November 1968.

Rutledge Street – William “Billy” Rutledge 1806 — 1876. Overlander, squatter, merchant land-owner and politician. William Rutledge was the founder of Kilmore. A Protestant Irishman, he arrived in NSW in 1829 age 23, where he established himself financially partly through successful land speculation. The opening of Port Phillip was timely. Rutledge purchased town lots of Melbourne land at the first sales held in Sydney. Among the surveys he took up in 1841 was his Willomavin Special Survey. He named Kilmore after his family home in County Cavan. He lived in Kilmore for a time but later settled in Port Fairy. William Rutledge became a  magistrate and a Member of Parliament.

Ryan’s Road – John Joseph Ryan ca 1884-1951. Businessman, butter factory proprietor and benefactor. His sister Ellen Mary Ryan owned four acres (lot 7 sect. 30) at the corner of Ryan’s Road and Foote Street from 1926. The residence was the former police superintendent’s house and was built in 1859.

Skehan Place (formerly Foote Street) – Barry Ambrose Skehan 1897-1961. Cabinet maker and upholster, funeral director, councillor and community worker. Barry conducted his business in the former Court House Hotel around 1932. He held the local agency for Graham Diggle, the Seymour undertaker but eventually went into the funeral business for himself. He was also a long time Shire councillor. A part of Foote Street was renamed Skehan Place in his honour in the late 1960s. The Skehans played a major role in Kilmore: Michael was an original tenant on the survey and Patrick, councillor and returning officer for the 1899 Federation Referendum. It is said that the first Catholic mass was held in a barn owned by Michael Skehan.

Society Street – The Total Abstinence Society Hall was located on the corner of this street. This was Kilmore’s first organisation, established in 1850.

Sutherland Street – (George) Joseph Sutherland 1800 —1875. Squatter, businessman and politician. Joseph Sutherland was born in Laing, Sutherlandshire, Scotland and arrived at Port Phillip in 1835. He leased the Moranding Run from October 1844 to December 1850 with his brother Robert and he may also have bought land at Bylands. The first Presbyterian meeting in the area was held in his woolshed in 1843. A Parish map of Bylands indicates a holding to J. Sutherland in the approximate area where Sutherland Street now is.

Sydney Street – Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney. British nobleman and Secretary of State for the Home Department. Captain Arthur Philip chose the site for Sydney for its harbour and fresh water supply and named it for his friend Viscount Sydney.

Tootle Street – See Broadhurst street

Trainers Drive – This road was named for horse trainers. Other street names in the estate are Hanover Court, after the famous US trotting stud and shoe manufacturer and Bremner Court, of unknown origin but could have been a Melbourne solicitor. (Jim Lowden)

Union Lane (Bylands) – The Union Hotel stood on the NW corner of Union Land and Sydney Road. The toll gate was on the opposite corner.

Victoria Parade – Alexandrina Victoria 1819 —1901. Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India. She became Queen in 1837 and married Prince Albert in 1840. Queen Victoria is associated with Britain’s great age of industrial expansion, economic progress and – especially – empire. At her death, it was said, Britain had a worldwide empire on which the sun never set. She became the longest serving British monarch, reigning almost 64 years!

Wallder’s Road – The Wallder family have been butchers in Kilmore for many years. George Wallder is registered as a butcher in Kilmore in 1868. The Kilmore Examiner reported in 1872: “A Kyle having disposed of his business as butcher to Wallder Bros. retires from same”. C. Wallder elected councillor of Kilmore Shire in 1875. Wallder’s butcher shop at 30 Sydney Street dates from 1905. The original butchery business was established on this site in 1871 and was acquired by Donald Bantock in 1885; after his death it reverted to the Wallder family. The present building was erected by Fred W Wallder senior. The Wallder slaughterhouse was situated near the present tip on the road that now bears the family name.

White Street – Lieutenant-Colonel Henry John White 1784-1844. Soldier, overlander and squatter. Colonel White took up land in 1838 around Sunday Creek, after arriving at Port Phillip in 1837. He also had the license of the Belle Vue Station with his son Lieutenant Henry John White (1810-1869). In 1840 he took the license of Mt Piper Station with his second son Edward Riggs White (ca 1817-1853). Edward was a surveyor of the South Australian/Victorian boundary in 1849-51. He died in Kilmore.

Henry was a founding member of the Melbourne Club.

William Street – King William IV 1765-1837. This Street originally stretched from Bourke Street through to Union Street.

A number of housing developments have taken place in the town in recent years; predominantly the Golf Links and Willowmavin Estates. It is understood that the Golf Links Estate was originally farm land owned by the Clancy family. The Willowmavin Estate, off the Lancefield road was originally the Moore family farm.

A handy map of Kilmore is available free at the Kilmore Historical Society for members and visitors to the research centre. In the course of preparation for this article it was noted that Butlers Road, Glanville Drive and Mitchell Street have been omitted from the map’s index in the 2000 edition. Wilkie Drive is misspelled on the map.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to include every road name in the Kilmore district due to time and space constraints. Origins of some street names are unknown to the authors. However, should any of our readers have additional information relating to roads and those they are named for, or on the housing developments such as the Golf Links Estate, we would be very pleased to accept such information for possible inclusion in this newsletter from time to time.

With special thanks to Jim Lowden, Marg Gerhing (Curry/Sorraghan family researcher); Joyce Knight and Marguerite Fagg for information provided.


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4 thoughts on “What’s In A Name? – Kilmore Road Names”

  1. Is anything more known of the birth details or death details of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry John White 1784-1844?


    1. Hi Tony – We have very little about Henry John White. The reference to this information came from the Historical Records of Victoria Vol 2A – Grahame


  2. Yaldwin Street: William Henry Yaldwyn, Arrived 1836 on the William Glen Anderson, returned to London 1841, Magistrate and JP. Owned Barfold during this time.


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