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February 3, 2007


The origin of this street name is not definitively known, but it is probably named for Garnet Wolseley.

The Right Honourable Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley (1833–1913) was a British Field Marshal. He served in Burma, the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, China, Canada, and widely in Africa – including his brilliantly executed Ashanti campaign (1873-74).

References: Wikipedia


February 3, 2007

WILSON (Street, formerly Martins Lane: G 23/9/1908)

The origin of this street name is not known. The options include:

• William Wilson (1834-1891) MLA, MLC; Commissioner Railways & Roads Sept 1869, 1870- 1871
• Hugh Wilson (1830-1890), mayor of Melbourne 1888 [G&S].
• Robert Garrick Wilson [G&S].
• John Wilson (1862-1927), builder of Dorcas Street;
• Henry Wilson (first rate book);
• Harry Wilson, engineer of Ausral Otis Engineering.


February 3, 2007

WALKER (Street: G 19/7/1895) 

William Walker, Melbourne merchant, MLA for Richmond and Minister of Customs.

William Froggatt Walker (1841-44 -1890) was born in Morpeth, Northumberland.  He arrived in Melbourne in 1857, and was first employed as a wharf clerk by his brother, Thomas, before they opened a general store.  Later he became the manager of the Melbourne Storage company, and eventually founded the firm of WF Walker and Co, coal, lime, cement and general merchants and importers.  Walker was the MLA for Richmond in 1880, and Booroondara between 1882 and 1889, and Commissioner for Trade and Customs from 1886 until 1889.  He was president of the commissioners appointed to represent Victoria at the Paris Exhibition of 1889, and died at Eastbourne, Sussex in January, 1890.

References: Miles; T&S; photo Re-member/parliament


February 3, 2007

WADEY (Street)  

Charles Wadey, Councillor, 1892-96

References:  Miles; BDM


February 3, 2007

TICHBORNE (Place, York- Coventry Lane No 401; G 28/8/1912)

The origin of this street name is not known, but may be named for the ‘Tichborne Affair’.

The Tichborne affair was the celebrated 19th-century legal case of Arthur Orton (1834–1898), an impostor who claimed to be missing heir, Sir Roger Tichborne (1829–1854).

Sir Roger Tichborne was born in Paris as the eldest son of a baronet. Due to his mother, who did not appreciate England very much, Sir Roger mainly spoke French. In fact, he lived with his mother in France till the age of 16. James Tichborne had to claim that the boy was going to a funeral in England before his mother would let him leave. In 1849 he went to Stonyhurst College and later that year joined the 6th Dragoon Guards in Dublin. Apparently his French accent caused ridicule, and he sold his commission in 1852. Next year he left for South America. From Valparaíso he crossed the Andes and arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1854. In April, on his way back home, his ship was lost at sea with all hands, and he was pronounced dead the next year. The title and the estates passed to his younger brother Sir Alfred Joseph Doughty-Tichborne.

His mother refused to admit that her eldest son was dead. She sent inquiries all over the world, and in November 1865, she received a letter from a Sydney lawyer who claimed that a man supposedly fitting the description of her son was living as a butcher in Wagga Wagga, Australia. The supposed Sir Roger was actually Arthur Orton, who at the time used the name Tom Castro. Orton was reluctant to go at first, presumably because he feared exposure, but his associates—one of whom was an old friend of Sir Roger’s father—made him change his mind. Sir Roger’s former black servant Ben Bogle accompanied him on his trip to Britain. He arrived in London on Christmas Day 1866, and when he travelled to Paris in January, Lady Tichborne ‘recognised’ him instantly as her son.
Other members of the Tichborne family were not so gullible and promptly declared him an impostor. Their investigators found out that this Tom Castro was a butcher’s son from Wapping and had jumped ship in Valparaíso, Chile, where he had taken the name Castro from a friendly family. Orton had even inquired about his family members in Wapping when he had come back from Australia. When Lady Tichborne died, Orton lost his most prominent supporter. He would have probably stopped the charade had he not owed a significant amount of money to his creditors.

The trial to establish his inheritance began in May, 1871, and lasted 102 days. Orton weathered the attacks against the discrepancies in his story and his outright ignorance of many key facts Sir Roger would have known. Over 100 people vouched for his identity as Sir Roger—except Orton’s brother who claimed otherwise. Eventually Sir John Coleridge revealed the whole case in a cross-examination that lasted 22 days, and the evidence of the Tichborne family eventually convinced the jury. The case was closed on March 5, 1872, when Orton’s counsel William Ballantine gave up, and Orton lost his upper-class supporters.
Orton was promptly arrested and charged with perjury. His criminal trial began in 1873 and lasted 188 days. The jury was eventually convinced—based on, for example, testimony by Orton’s former girlfriend—that this claimant was false. Orton was convicted on two counts of perjury on February 28, 1874, and was sentenced to 14 years’ hard labour. The legal costs amounted to £200,000.  Many people who had supported his efforts refused to believe the truth and claimed he was unjustly persecuted. When Parliament refused to take the Tichborne case to a Royal Commission in April 1875, his supporters started a small-scale riot in London.

Orton served ten years in prison and was released in 1884, by which time the public had forgotten him. He alternately confessed and claimed he was innocent but aroused little interest. He died in poverty on April 2, 1898. His coffin still carries the name Sir Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne.

References: Wikipedia


February 3, 2007

THOMSON (Little Raglan Street: 19/7/1895 gazetted as Thomson Street in 1905)

Ebenezer Thomson, coppersmith, councillor

Ebenezer Drummond Menzies Thomson (1854-1925) lived in South Melbourne all of his life.  He was a coppersmith by trade, and the proprietor of a large pluming business in Little Bourke Street near the Law Courts.

Thomson was actively associated with rowing and yachting on the lake, and a keen supporter of junior football, being president of the Leopold Football Club for many years. In 1887, he married Jane Miller, and they had two children. They lived in Albert Road.

He was a Councillor between 1907 and 1925, being Mayor; in 1913-14, and representing the council on the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.  Thomson was also a member of the councils of the Eastern Road School and the South Melbourne Technical School..

References: Miles; Record (23/5/1925); BDM


February 3, 2007

THISTLETHWAITE (Street: G 4/2/1876) 

A number of Thistlethwaite brothers and their widowed mother, of Quaker background, emigrated from Leeds, Yorkshire to Emerald Hill in 1852, and established a grocery and land and real estate business. John Thistlethwaite was a buyer at the Government land sales from 1853.  He died in 1858, aged 44 years, and William took over the running of the business.  Both William and Timothy had long terms as councillors.

William Thistlethwaite (c1817-1891), Councillor, 1859-73; (Chairman) 1863-4, Mayor, 1867-1868.  During his mayoral term the Duke of Edinburgh was received by the Council at the civic arch erected in Sandridge (City) Road, with local children taking part in the ceremony. William Thistlethwaite was the agent for the iron houses imported in sections by Robert Patterson, and constructed in Patterson place and Coventry Street.

Timothy Thistlethwaite (ca1827-1909) was Mayor in 1891-2 and 1892-3.

References: Miles; Priestley; Weekly Times (18/9/1909) ; BDM


February 3, 2007

TATE’S (Lane: off Thistlethwaite Lane No 547: G 22/3/1922)

The origin of this street name is not known.  It may be named for Levi Tate,

Levi Tate (1874-1931) was along term resident of Middle Park.  He was a senior partner in the contracting firm, Tate and Townsend, who built the Albert Park Women’s Rowing Club.  At the time of his death he was an inspector in the State Rivers and Water Supply Department.  Tate was a councillor from 1911 until 1923.  He was mayor in 1916, but took leave of absence to serve in France.  Lou Tate was also a member of the committee of the South Melbourne Cricket Club for some years.

References: Record (9/5/1931)


February 3, 2007

STURT (Street; G 19/7/1895) 

EPS Sturt, Melbourne police magistrate, who also presided over the local bench

Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt (1816-1885), police magistrate, was born in Dorset, England, son of Thomas Sturt, puisne judge in Bengal under the East India Co. His brother was the explorer Charles Sturt. Evelyn was educated at the Sandhurst Military College but in 1836 migrated to New South Wales. In February 1837 he was appointed commissioner of crown lands based on Yass, and was sometimes spoken of as `the boy commissioner’.

Sturt resigned in 1839 to overland sheep and cattle from Bathurst to Adelaide. After occupying country at Willunga in the Mount Lofty Ranges, he took up Compton station in the Mount Gambier district in 1844. He encountered many difficulties and, although he did not dispose of his run until 1853, he accepted appointment as police magistrate in Melbourne in 1849. Next year he became superintendent of the Melbourne Police but had to contend with `the great inefficiency of the District (Melbourne and County of Bourke) Police Force arising from their scattered and isolated stations’ and insufficient constables. His troubles were greatly intensified by the gold rushes; In December 1851 he reported that forty of his staff of fifty had resigned. Early in 1853, Sturt was reappointed as magistrate for Melbourne and for the next twenty-five years presided over the city bench.

In 1854 Sturt was appointed to the commission of inquiry into the Bentley hotel affair at Ballarat. While the report by no means satisfied most of the diggers, it recommended dismissal of some corrupt government officers and compensation to some who had suffered losses. Sturt was a member of the royal commissions on the Burke and Wills expedition in 1861 and on charitable institutions in 1871. For many years he was a member of the Church of England assembly. In 1852 he had married Mary Frances, daughter of Rev. J.C. Grylls; in March 1869 he took leave of absence and with his wife visited England and was present at the death of his brother Charles. In 1875 he was one of the three executors of the Victorian estate of La Trobe. Dismissed in the Black Wednesday retrenchments of January 1878, Sturt accepted a pension and in December left with his wife for England. On their return to Victoria in April 1881 they lived at Brighton.

Sturt was described by Rolf Boldrewood as the hero of many local legends, `a very grand-looking fellow – aristocratic, athletic, adventurous; an explorer, a pioneer, a leading colonist, popular with the men of his set, and, it is unnecessary to say, a general favourite with the women’.

On another trip to England Sturt suffered from severe bronchitis. He was returning with his wife in the Pekin to retire in Victoria when he died, aged 69, a day before reaching Port Said; his body was taken back to England for burial. Childless, he was survived by his wife. Sturt Street, Ballarat, is also named after him.

References: Miles; ADB #6 1851-1890 R-Z


February 3, 2007

STEWART (Place, off Cecil Street, L No 194: G 23/9/1908)

The origin of this street name is not known.  The options include:

• James Stewart, builder, committee member SMBS in 1856 [P];
• David Mitchell Stewart (1856-1935), builder;
• James Stewart, built a wine store and bathhouse in Clarendon Street near the corner of Park Street in 1868 [P]; this may be James Hamilton Stewart; b Edinburgh c1819; m Maud Foster, 1839; d; SM 1882;
• Jane Stewart, licensee for the Council Club Hotel in 1875.