HANNA (Street: G 19/7/1895 & Kingsway from 4/3/1959; Lane: G 19/7/1895)

Patrick Hanna, engineer, Councillor, MLA, and later MLC. 

Patrick Hanna (1819-1890) was born in Killmegan, County Down, Ireland, the fifth son of Patrick Hanna, farmer.  He was educated at local schools before training and working as an engineer (1835-38 with George Stephenson, locomotive engineer, in Newcastle on Tyne) and shipbuilder (from 1838) with various firms in England and Scotland. Hanna married Sarah Hamilton in Glasgow in 1848 (1 son, 6 daughters). He was one of the earliest residents of Emerald Hill, arriving in Melbourne on the Abdallah in 1853. He established the City ferry near the Falls on the Yarra River near the foot of King Street with a plank road to Clarendon Street in 1853, and held the licence until 1884.  That, and the lease of the toll gates he obtained on the Sandridge, and later, Sydney roads (1859-60)laid the foundation for his later wealth.  This enabled Hanna to purchase LaTrobe House in William Street in 1863, and also to meet the property qualification to stand for the Legislative Council.

He was an Emerald Hill Councillor between 1864 and 1867, the MLA for Murray Boroughs from 1866 until 1877, and; MLC for North East Province from 1882 until 1888.

References: Miles; Thomson and Serle; Priestley; Daley; photo Re-member/parliament

One Response to “HANNA”

  1. Roland Hannah Says:

    Just came across this, i’m a hannah and my ancestors came from county down and then ayrshire now i’m in melbourne such a small world

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