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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.


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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.

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by janilye on 2012-01-04 07:17:33

Can't see the map!
I live in Vic Ave, AP and sometimes pass a Roseneath Cottage in Coventry Street South Melbourne not far from the Market. Can't place the one near Flemington. Mind you I'm only over that way for the first Tuesday in November.

by itellya on 2012-01-04 08:31:23

The only Roseneath that I recall offhand was James Hearn's house between Woodlands and Salmon Sts in Essendon, where Big Clarke died, later occupied by William Salmon. If there was such a house in Flemington, Bob Chalmers will know. I'll ask him.
Hang on a tick! I just heard a penny drop. I presume that Roseneath was John Rankin's house. It was near Macaulay Rd, probably set back about 20 metres from Rankins Rd.
I'll have another go at getting the map attached.

by itellya on 2012-01-04 08:55:20

Right click on the little jigger in the image box and copy as URL to get the map. My son would be proud of his computer -illiterate dad for working that all out by himself!

by itellya on 2012-01-04 09:20:49

The great Neil Mansfield is currently doing a professional version of my crummy hand-drawn map of all the grantees in Ken. and some of the lessees and later owners of Kensington Park. I will attach it to another journal called LANDOWNERS IN KENSINGTON.

by itellya on 2012-02-14 07:35:12

Kensington Pioneers
John Brooks, John Cosgrave (City Treasurer, who bought 53 acres of Narbonne in
Oaklands Road from Mary Daniel in 1853), William Green, John Heller, Henry Mawbey,
William Mellon, Hugh McMeikan, John Rankin, George Scarborough (farmer), William
Watson (possibly the son of John), William Hendon Winder (brickmaker), E.B. Wight
(called Wighton in 1864 and White in 1867), William Wild and Henry John White (station
Macaulay Road, Boundary Road, Gilham (as for 1868), Toll Gate (John Delahunty),
John Rankin, Railway Station, Mrs. John Brooks, Samuel Cox (cattle salesman),
Frederick Coote (solicitor), Thomas Schackel, Joseph Carter (trainer), John Griffin,
Captain Hugh MacMeikan, Edward B. Wight, Edward J. Hayes, Charles H. Mende,
James Caffin, George Ericksen, - Hooper, G.W. Sim (architect and surveyor), Richard
Whitehead, Gustavus Varley, John Speakman (butcher), George Whitehead (butcher),
Patrick McMahon, George Walker, John Falla, N.J. Mutimer (butcher), David Byers
(butcher), A. Chapman (general dealer) and Mrs. Peel (tanner and carrier).
Macaulay Road, Boundary Road, Smyth & Westwood (tanners), Allchin & Dixon
(tanners), J.C. Gill & Boston (tanners), E. Gilham (soap and candlemakers), Toll Gate
Denis Wadock, Starch Man. Co., John Rankin, Princes Street (i.e. Rankins Road),
Railway Station Alex. Grant (stationmaster), George Norris, Samuel Cox (cattle
salesman), Frederick J. Coote (solicitor), William Lee, Francis Gell, Thomas Anderson,
Thomas Schakel, John Crawford, Crawford & Anderson (builders), George Clarke,
Joseph Carter (horse trainer), John Griffin, Peter J. Wilson (solicitor), J.G. Burtt, J. N.
McMeckan(sic), R. B. Skamp, Edwin Clogg, E.B. Wight (J.P.), John Nevin, Edward J.
Hayes, Mrs Brooks, Charles H. Mende, William Chrisfield, J. Benbow Key, George
Ericksen, Robert Boan, William McLean (master mariner), Herbert Quarry, Mrs Moss,
John Douglas, Andrew Haddow, chapel and school, James Dangerfield, James L.
Dangerfield, Patrick OToole, Isaac Comer, John Clarke, John Brooks, James Harper,
John Douglas store, J.W. Fraser, D.W. Dawson, G. Hallier, John Jude, John
Speakman (butcher), Richard Keir, George Whitbread (butcher), Patrick McMahon, Mrs
Hushians store, G.M. Nortons store, S. Mahon, E. C. Findley, - Terrick (Merrick in 24
Dynon Road?), Joseph Andrews, A. Fiskin, William Tulloch, James Curry, John
McDonald, Joseph Andrews, David Byers.
Railway station, Alex. Grant (stationmaster), Henry Floyd (brickmaker), William Fender,
Edward Wales, William Ramsay, Robert Hodgson, David Dawsons store and P.O.,
John Fraser (carpenter), Fred. Houghton, Clarence Hotel-William C. Baillie, James
Wallace, James McPhail, John Walker, Elizabeth Bowen, Fanny S. McKew, William H.
Jones (grocer), John Speakman (butcher), Mrs Shorten, George Whitbread
(Whitehead? butcher), Patrick McMahon (butcher), Stephen Mahon (trainer), John
Littlewood, Miss M. Broomfield, M. Glynn, John McDonald, E.B. W i g h t (J.P.), James
Smith, Duncan M. Cook, William McLean, George Ericksen, William Griffiths, James
and George Dickson, Walter Gaunt (butcher), A. P. Gillinders, William Hudson, G. P.
Clarke, Richard Walker, John Ray, Herbert Quarry, Mrs. Cooper, George Norris,
Thomas Walsh, Thomas L. Robb (storekeeper), Thomas Wyatt (carter), Isaac Comer,
Wesleyan Chapel, Private School-Miss M. Brown, George Dangerfield (musician),
James and James L. Dangerfield, John Clark, James Wales, F.J.Melville, John
Douglas, Andrew Haddow, G. Patton, John J. Clark, James Wales, James Dickenson,
John Corcoran, Fenwick Tate, George Aitken, M. Paton, Andrew Haddow (ironmonger),
William Morrall (Murrell? fellmonger), Mrs. Margaret Chapman, George Scarborough,
Joseph W. Thompson, Taylor & Currie (fellmongers), McFarland (fellmongers), Isaac
Llewellyn (musician).
Section 5 (Located between Ascot Vale R

by phjon1 on 2012-04-21 20:53:00

Hi Iam the geat grandson of W Jones the grocer mentioned above .
I have picture of the shop but I would like to see map that is referrd to above
Peter Jones

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