Heritage street signs

The stories behind some of Hobsons Bay’s oldest street names have been acknowledged through the installation of heritage street signs. The signs provide a glimpse into the history of the city, the lives of political, business, cultural and community leaders and opportunities to showcase important elements of its past. 

Created with input and advice from Hobson Bay’s historical societies, the 11 signs are placed at historical streets across Williamstown and provide a short history of the street or street name. There are also seven signs in Altona receiving heritage treatment, eight in Newport and two in Altona Meadows.

Council will continue to work with local historical society representatives and historians where available to identify streets with historically significant names. So, if you’re travelling through our residential areas, look out for these signs and find out more about the history of your local community.

Here is a list of the heritage street signs in Hobsons Bay.

ALTONA

 

Street Name

Sign Text

SARGOOD STREET

SARGOOD STREETSir Frederick Thomas Sargood (1834-1903). Victorian Minister of Defence and Education, 1890-1892. Australian Senator, 1901-1903.

BLYTH STREET

BLYTH STREETJohn Blyth (1824-1908). Commissioner for the Melbourne Harbour Trust.

ROMAWI STREET

ROMAWI STREETA combination of Robert, Mary and William. Children of a founding member of the Altona Bay Estate Company.

MILLERS ROAD

MILLERS ROADThomas Miller, local landowner. Purchased farmland at the north end of Millers Road in 1867.

BENT STREET

BENT STREETSir Thomas Bent (1838-1909). Politician and land speculator. Premier of Victoria, 1904-1909.

RAYNER STREET

RAYNER STREETRayner family were a pioneering family who settled in the area in the 1890s.

UPTON STREET

UPTON STREETHenry Upton Alcock (1823-1912). Founder of Alcock & Co.

ALTONA MEADOWS

NEWLAND STREET

NEWLAND STREETNewland family were early settlers in Laverton. Four brothers attended Laverton State School and served together during the First World War.

CAMERON AVENUE

CAMERON AVENUECameron family were early settlers in Laverton. Students at Laverton State School.

LAVERTON

BLADIN STREET

BLADIN STREET

Air Vice Marshal Francis Masson Bladin (1898-1978), CB, CBEwas aSenior Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He underwent pilot training at RAAF Point Cook, and was stationed at RAAF Laverton.

LOHSE STREET LOHSE STREET

William Henry Lohse (1900 - 1955) was theWerribee Shire President between1938 and 1939.

MAHER STREET

MAHER STREET

Bernard Joseph Maher (died 1937) was aLaverton shopkeeper, and WerribeeShire President in1916-17.

NEWPORT

 

HALL STREET

 

HALL STREETWilliam Hall, early settler and pioneer. Owned Hobson’s River Farm, sold for residential development in 1884.

FARM STREET

 

FARM STREETSite of Hobson’s River Farm. Owned by William Hall, subdivided in 1884.

RIVER STREET

 

RIVER STREETSite of Hobson’s River Farm. Owned by William Hall, subdivided in 1884.

MASON STREET

 

MASON STREETThomas Mason (1817/18-1896). First Mayor of Williamstown, 1856-1857. Member of Victorian Legislative Assembly.

DURKIN STREET

 

DURKIN STREETMichael Durkin. Local landowner and owner of nearby Durkin’s Dairy.

SCHUTT STREET

 

SCHUTT STREETJohn Schutt (1831-1919). Supreme Court Librarian. Councillor Williamstown Council.

COLLINGWOOD ROAD

 

COLLINGWOOD ROAD

Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood (1748-1810). Admiral of the Royal Navy, served alongside Lord Nelson.

ELPHIN STREET

 

ELPHIN STREETWilliam, 15th Lord Elphinstone (1828-1893). Scottish peer. Visited Melbourne on RMS Indus, 1884-1885.

WILLIAMSTOWN

 

FERGUSON STREET

FERGUSON STREETCaptain Charles Ferguson (1813-1868) Master of the barque Rajah, 1852; Victoria’s first Chief Harbour Master.

PASCO STREET

 

PASCO STREETRear-Admiral John Pasco (1774-1853) served with Lord Nelson, 1805, Battle of Trafalgar.

VERDON STREET

VERDON STREETSir George Frederic Verdon (1834-1896) Councillor Williamstown Council 1856, Founder Royal Victorian Navy, Victorian Treasurer 1860.

HANMER STREET

 

HANMER STREETCaptain Richard Hanmer Bunbury (1813- 1857) Harbour Master Williamstown 1844, artist, pastoralist.

COLE STREET

 

COLE STREETCaptain George Ward Cole (1793-1879) Steamship owner and land developer.

GIFFARD STREET

 

GIFFARD STREETCaptain Henry Wells Giffard (1811-1854) HMS Tiger (1849) Crimean War.

NELSON PLACE

 

NELSON PLACEAdmiral Horatio Lord Nelson (1758-1805) British Naval Commander.

ANN STREET

 

ANN STREETAnne Maria Bourke (1806-1884) daughter of Governor Richard Bourke.

THOMPSON STREET

 

THOMPSON STREETSir Edward Deas Thomson (1800-1879), Public Servant and Parliamentarian.

LYONS STREET

 

LYONS STREETAdmiral Edmund Lord Lyons (1790-1858), British Naval Commander.

ELECTRA STREET

 

ELECTRA STREETHMS ELECTRA arrived in Williamstown in 1853 under Captain Morris to protect port waters.

AITKEN STREET

 

AITKEN STREETDaniel Aitken (c.1828-1908), baker, hotelkeeper, Mayor of Williamstown 1875-1877

CECIL STREET

 

CECIL STREETLord Salisbury, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (1830-1903), Statesman and three time UK Prime Minister between 1885 and 1902.

KANOWNA STREET

 

KANOWNA STREETS.S KANOWNA (1903) luxury liner, WWI troop and hospital ship, wrecked off Wilson’s Prom February 1929.

SYME STREET

 

SYME STREETDavid York Syme (1844-1932), Manager of Williamstown Floating Dock; Chairman of Melbourne Steamship Company.

COUNCIL LANE

COUNCIL LANEOriginal site of municipal offices for Williamstown Council.

CHANDLER STREET

 

CHANDLER STREETChristopher Chandler, Councillor Williamstown Council, 1905-1914 and Mayor of Williamstown, 1910-1911.