Archive for the ‘Middle Park’ Category


February 3, 2007

RICHARDSON (Street: the section from Victoria Ave to McGregor Street was formerly Cowie Street: G 19/7/1895) 

Richard Richardson, MLA for Creswick and Minister of Lands (Miles). Priestley, however, states that the street is named for James Richardson, a long term caretaker of the Butts rifle range.

Richard Richardson (1825-1913) was born in Newcastle, England, the son of John Richardson, farmer. He was educated at local private schools before he worked as an engineer (including work on the construction of two railway lines) and some training as a Methodist minister.  Richardson arrived in Melbourne with his wife in 1852, and was employed in the Roads and Bridges Department and at P&O, before driving cattle to Spring Hill near Creswick in 1855.  He then settled as a farmer at Newlyn.  Richardson was a member of the Creswick Roads Board and a shire councilor; in addition he contributed to English quarterlies, was a local preacher, and a leading Orangeman.

He was the MLA for Creswick from 1874-86 and 1889-94, and President of the Board of Land and Works and Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey (1880-81), Minister for Agriculture (1880-81), and Minister for Railways, 1893-94).

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



February 3, 2007

PATTERSON (Street: G 19/7/1895) 

Sir James Patterson, Premier of Victoria.

Sir James Brown Patterson (1833-1895) was the youngest son of a district road-inspector at Alnwick, Cumberland, England. He was educated at Alnwick and emigrated to Victoria in 1852. He worked on the goldfields and then took up farming for about four years. Subsequently he opened a cattle and slaughtering business at Chewton, near Castlemaine, and became Mayor of Chewton. In December 1870 he was elected member for Castlemaine in the legislative assembly, and held the seat until his death. He was minister of public works in the first Berry ministry (1875), held the same position in Berry’s second ministry (1877 -1880), and was minister of railways in his third ministry (1880-1881). Patterson was a leading member in these cabinets, and as minister of railways endeavoured to check political influence being used in connection with railway extensions. He had much to do with the bringing together of Service and Berry which resulted in their coalition government. He visited England, and returning in 1885 sat for a time in opposition to the Gillies government. He, however, joined this ministry in April 1889 as commissioner of trade and customs, and later for short periods was postmaster-general and vice-president of the board of land and works and commissioner of public works. He took a strong stand for law and order during the maritime strike in 1890. He became premier in January 1893 and a few weeks later the colony was plunged into the greatest financial crisis it had ever known.

Patterson endeavoured to increase the production of primary products by placing people on the land and attempted many government economies. These were largely responsible for the defeat of his government at the 1894 election. When the Turner ministry came in Patterson led the opposition, and as Turner also began to economize Patterson steadily regained his position as a leader. He was by now the father of the house and the most picturesque figure in it. He contracted influenza, and died after a short illness. He was created KCMG in 1894.

References:  Miles; ADB; photo Re-member/parliament


February 3, 2007

PARK (Grove: G 19/7/1895, became part of Neville Street in 4/112/1953; Place: G 23/5/1861 became Palmer St; Road, Street G 25/5/1861,: G 19/7/1895: Lt Park Street became Dow Street, 19/7/1895) 

Named by the Government in 1852 because it had an outlook over South (or Home) Park, later Albert Park, before the extension of the town.

References: Priestley


February 3, 2007

PAGE (Street: Victoria Ave-Mills St; G 4/2/1876; Mills- McGregor G 19/7/1895; Little Page Street: 19/7/1895) 

James Page, auctioneer; Councillor, 1870-75; Mayor, 1873-74

James Page (1835-1912), was born in County Galway, Ireland, and came to Australia with his family in 1849.  An auctioneer and estate agent, was one of the first residents of Emerald Hill. He married Eliza Mills (probably a sister of Robert Mills) in 1860. Page was one of the first promoters of the South Melbourne Gas Company in 1871, and was the executive secretary of the South Melbourne Permanent Building Society from 1875.  Due to concerns about Page’s lax accounting lead to Matthias Larkin taking over the role in August 1877.  Page left for Brisbane in 1878, and soon after it was discovered that five hundred pounds in funds was missing.  A year later he was arrested, and charged with embezzlement. He was found not guilty after two trials.  After his acquittal he was voted Council Valuer in 1882, but he unsuccessfully contested the position of municipal auditor in 1885.

References: Miles; Priestley, Weekly Times (27/4/1912)


February 3, 2007

NEVILLE (Street: G 19/7/1895) 

James Neville, architect, Councillor,

James Flett Neville (1861-1942) was born in Port Melbourne, and worked as an architect.  Later he was an inspector for the Public Works Department.  Neville was a successful junior cricketer with local clubs.  He was a South Melbourne Councillor between 1891 and 1894.  James Neville was survived by three sons and two daughters.

References: Miles; Record (30/5/42)


February 3, 2007

MILLS (Street: G 4/2/1876) 

Robert Mills, Hotel keeper, estate agent; Councillor; Mayor.

Robert John Mills (1826-1911) was born in Longford, County Longford, Ireland.  His early education was at Edgworthtown, where his friend and companion was GV Brooke.  He arrived in Melbourne with his father and siblings, and briefly went to the diggings.  Mills settled in Emerald Hill, and entered into business as a boniface (‘jovial innkeeper’), but later became an auctioneer and estate agent in conjunction with his son.

Mills was the publican of the Emerald Hotel (76 Clarendon Street) for about 12 years.  With Patrick Ward, he built the first two storied brick houses in South Melbourne, shops in Clarendon Street, next to the hotel. Later, he was actively involved with the Licensed Victuallers Association, and managed its Collingwood brewery during his mayoral year.

In local affairs Mills was a Councillor, (1874-1894 and 1896-99) and Mayor, 1877-78.  He was also a Commissioner for the Melbourne Harbour Trust, a director of the South Melbourne Gas Company (from 1872), and involved in so many committees, that he was known as ‘the old war horse’.

Mills and his wife, who died in 1879, had three daughters and two sons. One of his daughters, Phoebe, married Edward Heather in 1885, and one of his sisters married Councillor James Page.  Other members of his family were also actively involved in the area.

References: Miles; Daley; Priestley ; L&L; Pots, Punks and Punters; BDM


February 3, 2007

MCGREGOR (Street: G 19/7/1895) 

Robert McGregor, MLA for Emerald Hill, 1880-83.

Robert MacGregor (1825-1883) was born in Banffshire, Scotland.  He was educated in Edinburgh, and arrived in Melbourne about 1852.  McGregor settled in Emerald Hill and was soon after appointed headmaster of the South Melbourne Wesleyan day school, and in 1863 founded the South Melbourne Grammar School in Albert Road.  This was the first secondary school in South Melbourne. From about 1867 he supplemented his income by also becoming an estate agent.  By 1873 evening classes to prepare for matriculation, entry to the civil service, and commercial examinations were being offered.  McGregor entered politics in the ‘Liberal cause’, first as MLA for Fitzroy (1877-1879), and then Emerald Hill (1880 –1883), when he died of heart disease. He married Sarah Brown in 1858, producing five sons and six daughters, not all of whom survived him.

References: Miles; G&S; Priestley; Thomson and Serle


February 2, 2007

LANGRIDGE (Street: G 19/7/1895) 

George Langridge, MLA and Minister of Public Works

George David Langridge (1829-1891) was born at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.  Early left fatherless, he went to Banbury, Oxfordshire, where he became apprenticed to a carpenter and then went into partnership with his brother, a builder in London.  In 1851 he married Maria meade, and they produced nine sons and two daughters.  The gold rushes brought Langridge to New South Wales, where he spent three months before moving to Victoria in 1853.  he was unsuccessful as a digger at Ballarat and Bendigo for six months.  He settled in Collingwood, and for two years worked as a carpenter on the building of Melbourne’s military barracks before establishing his own contracting business.  In 1869 he opened an auctioneering and estate agency firm, and by 1881 he had established three building societies.  In 1866 he was elected to the Collingwood Town Council, and was mayor in 1867 and 1872.  His wife died in 1874, and in 1877 he married Emily Judson.

Between 1874 and 1891 Langridge represented Collingwood in the Legislative Assembly.  His background and his urban working class constituency were determining factors in his support of the Liberal leader, Graham berry.  He was an unspectacular back bencher, but in 1875 he caired the royal commission on friendly societies and in 1877 had a leading role in the relevant legislation.  In 1878 he served on the royal commission into closed roads and in 1885 was chairman of a select committee on the fire brigade system.  In 1880 and 1881 he was commissioner of public works in the third Berry ministry.  From1883 until 1886 he was commissioner of trade and customs in the Service-Berry coalition.  Because of ill health he did not seek office in the Gillies-Deakin coalition (1886-1890).  In November 1890 he became chief secretary, commissioner of customs and minister of health in the Munro ministry.  He was acting premier when he died suddenly at home in Clifton Hill, aged 62.

References: Miles; ADB #5 1851-1890, K – Q; photo Re-member/parliament


February 2, 2007

HERBERT (Place, Street: G 19/7/1895)

Herbert Eville, Acting Town Clerk, Assistant Town Clerk

Herbert E Eville, (1858-n.d.) was acting Town Clerk in 1879 and 1880 after the death of his father and prior to the appointment of FG Miles.  He was then Assistant Town Clerk until 1889, when he became Town Clerk of Brunswick from1890 until 1894.

References: Priestley; BDM


February 2, 2007

HAROLD (Street: G 19/7/1895) 

Named by Government with no local interest.