PIONEERS OF KENSINGTON, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. Directories in comment 4.
The attached map shows Kensington as it was in about 1882. John Rankin's house stands in splendid isolation at the corner of what were known as Raleigh's Punt road (Macaulay Rd; the name also applied to Epsom and Maribyrnong Rds) and Princes Street. The northern boundary of Kensington was Geelong road. Kensington Rd was called Footscray Rd and Dynon Rd was called Swamp Rd. Kensington Park, which had housed Peter McCracken's dairy and then William Samuel Cox's Kensington Park racecourse, was about to be subdivided so Cox moved to Feehan's farm near Dean's hotel at Moonee Ponds. The Maizena factory was probably the first secondary industry not situated near (and polluting) the Moonee Ponds Creek or Maribyrnong River. The original Lynch's punt was actually on present racecourse land but was soon moved south to the line of Smithfield Rd, which was so-named because the first recorded race meeting in England was held at the Smithfield market.
People travelling to Flemington Hill probably used Princes St (the part of it in Kensington now known as Rankins Rd.) because Boundary Rd did not originally reach Racecourse Rd, possibly because of a swamp. Princes St was high and dry. What was the name of John Rankin's house? You'll have to read REV. JOHN REID RUFFLES SOME FEATHERS to find out!
A belated acknowledgement! The map in the attachment was supplied to me by Ken Fraser of Flemington. How I ever came into contact with Ken is beyond me but it just shows how historians (family and local) are ever ready to share. I want you to look at the map now and find the building that is shown in the wrong location, and should be shown where I have drawn a dot. I've teased you long enough. Hardiman's Hotel was shown on the site of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, which is now the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church.
TO BE CONTINUED.
on 2012-01-04 06:14:55
Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.