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The Literary Thoroughfares of Lynbrook, Victoria

This piece is about five printed pages long. [Noted in my Journal on 2012/07/02.]

The Literary Thoroughfares of Lynbrook, Victoria: In the fairly new suburb of Lynbrook, Australia, in the South-eastern Melbourne City of Casey, over fifty streets and parks are named after Australian writers. They appear between the South Gippsland Highway and the Westernport Highway. The following are most of the “literary streets” in Lynbrook, with brief notes about the writers who are likely to have inspired the names of the eponymous thoroughfares. Naturally I am pleased to find my own name among them. It’s a kind of cartographic apotheosis common enough to forgotten aldermen and sporting persons whose evanescent glory has now faded, but rare among my profession. Though I am troubled by a nagging thought that, as most of the other writers are deceased and in many cases thoroughly historical, perhaps the local council thought I was historical too. Oh well.

I am pleased to note that there is a baby-sitting service in Tranter Square with a name that appeals to me: “Mum’s Day Off”, 22 Tranter Square, Lynbrook, Vic, 3975 Australia.

Streets in Lynbrook, Victoria

Streets in Lynbrook, Victoria, map courtesy Google


Amy Mack Walk — Marie Louise Hamilton Mack (1870–1935) and Amy Eleanor Mack (1876–1939), writers, were born on 10 October 1870 in Hobart Town and on 6 June 1876 at Port Adelaide: «Australian Dictionary of Biography».)

Astley Wynd — Thea Astley (1925–2004) was an Australian novelist and short story writer. She was a prolific writer who was published for over 40 years from 1958. At the time of her death, she had won more Miles Franklin Awards, Australia’s major literary award, than any other writer.

Baynton Crescent — Barbara Janet Ainsleigh Baynton, Lady Headley (1857–1929) was an Australian writer, made famous for «Bush Studies» which was written as a critique of Henry Lawson’s works.

Boldrewood Place — Thomas Alexander Browne (1826–1915) was an Australian writer, who sometimes published under the pseudonym Rolf Boldrewood. He is best known for his novel Robbery Under Arms.

Boothby Terrace — Guy Newell Boothby (1867–1905) was an Australian novelist and writer.

Brady Close — Edwin James Brady was born on 7 August 1869 at Carcoar, near Bathurst, New South Wales. He began contributing poems to Sydney newspapers in the early 1890s. Much of his work was published in the «Bulletin», an important forum for Australian writers of the 1890s, and in 1899 the Bulletin Company published Brady’s first collection of poetry, «The Ways of Many Waters». Brady’s poems were heavily influenced by the highly popular Bush Ballad verse style. From:

Buckley Way — Poet Vincent Buckley was born at Romsey, in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, on 8 July 1925, and died in 1988.

Edmund Campion

Edmund Campion

Campion Walk — Edmund Campion is a Sydney priest, writer, editor, literary judge and academic. He has been described as “possessor of one of the truly elegant minds of the nation”. From:

Carboni Crescent — Raffaello Carboni (1817–1875) was an Italian revolutionary and writer. He is primarily remembered now as the author of the main eyewitness account of events at the Eureka Stockade, a revolt of gold miners in 1854 in Ballarat, Australia.

Cato Parkway — Nancy Fotheringham Cato AM (1917–2000) was an Australian writer who published more than twenty historical novels, biographies and volumes of poetry. Cato is also known for her work campaigning on environmental and conservation issues.

Chauncy Way — Nan Chauncy was a distinguished award-winning writer who, in 1961, became the first Australian author to be awarded the international honour of the Hans Christian Andersen Diploma of Merit. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and her first novel, “They Found a Cave” (1948), was made into a feature film in 1960.

Cilento Crescent — Phyllis Dorothy Cilento (1894–1987) medical practitioner and journalist. In 1928 she had started contributing articles on mothercraft to «Woman’s Budget», and soon after began writing a weekly column under the nom de plume ‘Mother M. D.’ for the «Brisbane Daily Mail», and from 1933 for the «Courier-Mail». From 1950 her pseudonym was ‘Medical Mother’. Later she wrote for «Woman’s Day» and other magazines. She dealt with nutrition, the health of mothers and children, and all aspects of child care. Women came to quote her as a national oracle. As ‘Mother M. D.’ she conducted regular radio sessions for many years. She published her first book, «Square Meals for the Family», in 1933; in all she wrote twenty-four books and monographs, including «The Cilento Way» (1984). In later years she controversially promoted the use of large doses of vitamins for good health. Her final work was an autobiography, Lady Cilento M.B. B.S.: «My Life» (1987) (Australian Dictionary of Biography, writer Mary D. Mahoney.)

Cottrell Place — Ida Dorothy Ottley Cottrell (1902–1957), better known as Dorothy Cottrell, was an Australian writer. She contracted infantile paralysis as a child and spent the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Her first novel, «The Singing Gold», was published in 1928. She wrote a story “Wilderness Orphan” which was the basis for the feature film «Orphan of the Wilderness», 1936. She lived for a time in the USA and also worked as an artist and cartoonist.

Culotta Lane — John Patrick O’Grady (1907–1981) was an Australian writer. His works include the comic novel «They’re a Weird Mob» (1957). O’Grady chose to write under a variety of pseudonyms, most famously as Nino Culotta for his books «They’re a Weird Mob», «Cop This Lot», «Gone Fishin’», and «Gone Gougin’».

Cusack Way — Dymphna Cusack AM (1902–1981) was an Australian author. Cusack wrote twelve novels, two of which were collaborations, seven plays, three travel books, two children’s books and one non-fiction book.

Darcy Niland Crescent — D’Arcy Francis Niland (1917–1967) was an Australian author who wrote prolifically during his lifetime. He is well-known for his classic novel «The Shiralee», a best-selling book which has never been out of print since its first publication in 1955. He produced over five hundred short stories published in Australia and abroad.

Dennis Close — Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, (1876–1938) was an Australian poet famous for his books of humorous poems, especially «The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke» and «The Glugs of Gosh» and others, published in their hundreds of thousands during World War One, before radio, movies and television changed the entertainment habits of Australians.

Devaney Avenue — James Martin Devaney (1890–1976) was an Australian poet, novelist, and journalist.

Dobson Crescent Rosemary de Brissac Dobson AO — (1920–2012) was an award winning Australian poet, who was also significant as an illustrator, editor and anthologist. She published fourteen volumes of poetry, was published in almost every annual volume of «Australian Poetry» and has been translated into French and other languages. See

Durack Avenue — Dame Mary Durack AC DBE (1913–1994) was an Australian author and historian. She wrote «Kings in Grass Castles» and «Keep Him My Country».

Dutton Close — Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton AO (1922–1998) was an Australian author and historian, born into a prominent pastoralist family in Kapunda, South Australia in 1922. While studying at the University of Adelaide he wrote for the student newspaper and the avant-garde magazine «Angry Penguins». Dutton wrote or edited over 200 books, including poetry, fiction, biographies, art appreciation, art and literary history, travel books, novels for children and critical essays. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1976, and died in 1998.

Dyson Grange — Edward George Dyson (1865–1931) was an Australian journalist, poet, playwright and short story writer. He was the elder brother of talented illustrators Will Dyson and Ambrose Dyson.

Eldershaw Drive — M. Barnard Eldershaw was the pseudonym used by the twentieth century Australian literary collaborators Marjorie Barnard (1897–1987) and Flora Eldershaw (1897–1956). In a collaboration that lasted two decades from the late 1920s to the late 1940s, they published five novels, three histories, a radio drama, a collection of short stories, and several collections of critical essays and lectures.

Elliott Parade — Sumner Locke Elliott (1917–1991) was an Australian — later American — novelist.

Ethel Turner Place — Ethel Turner (1872–1958) was an Australian novelist and children’s writer. Her best-known work is her first novel, «Seven Little Australians», 1894, which is widely considered a classic of Australian children’s literature and was an instant hit both in Australia and overseas.

John Forbes ponders the choice between the pen or the sword, in this case represented by a newspaper and a toy howitzer, Annandale, Sydney, May 1984. Photo John Tranter.

John Forbes ponders the choice between the pen or the sword, in this case represented by a newspaper and a toy howitzer, Annandale, Sydney, May 1984. Photo John Tranter.

Forbes Avenue — John Forbes — (1950–1998) was an Australian poet, born in Melbourne, Australia, who grew up in northern Queensland, Malaya and New Guinea. He went to Sydney University and his circle of friends included the poets Robert Adamson, Martin Johnston, and John Tranter. It was at this time that the work of the American poets Ted Berrigan, John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara made a strong and lasting impression on him. He returned to live in Melbourne in the late 1980s, where he became the poetry editor of «Scripsi». His friends around this time included the poets Gig Ryan, Laurie Duggan and Alan Wearne. Forbes died in Melbourne of a heart attack, aged 47, in 1998. Forbes Avenue leads to Tranter Square, which leads to Gilmore Crescent — Dame Mary Gilmore’s image is on one side of the current [2012] Australian ten-dollar note; Banjo Paterson is on the other.

Gilmore Crescent — Dame Mary Gilmore DBE (1865–1962) was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist. Gilmore’s image appears on the Australian ten-dollar note, below, along with an illustration inspired by the poem «No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest» and, as part of the copy-protection microprint, the text of the poem itself. The background of the illustration features a portrait of Gilmore by the well-known Australian artist Sir William Dobell. In 1973 she was honoured on a postage stamp bearing her portrait issued by Australia Post. The Canberra suburb of Gilmore and the federal electorate of Gilmore are named after her.

Dame Mary Gilmore, Australian ten-dollar note

Dame Mary Gilmore, Australian ten-dollar note

Gumnut Lane — Cecilia May Gibbs MBE (1877–1969) was an Australian children’s author, illustrator, and cartoonist. She is best known for her gumnut babies, also known as “bush babies” or “bush fairies", and the book «Snugglepot and Cuddlepie».

Hal Porter Terrace — Harold Edward (Hal) Porter (1911–1984) was an Australian novelist, playwright, poet and short-story writer.

Hanrahan Wynd — Barbara Hanrahan (1939–1991) was an Australian artist, printmaker and writer whose work mostly revolved around the roles of and relationships between women.

Harford Close — Lesbia Harford (1891–1927) was an Australian poet, novelist and radical political activist. You can aread her collected poems here:

Harris Street — There are many Australian writers called Harris. I like to think that this street was named after Max (Maxwell Henley) Harris AO (1921–1995), an Australian poet, critic, columnist, commentator, publisher and bookseller. He published the entire works of the hoax poet Ern Malley in 1944 in the magazine «Angry Penguins» which he edited.

Hasluck Cr — The Honourable Justice Nicholas Paul Hasluck AM (born 1942) is an Australian novelist, poet and short story writer, and judge. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife, Sally-Anne, and has two children. His father, Sir Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck KG GCMG GCVO KStJ (1905–1993) was an Australian historian, poet, public servant and politician, and the 17th Governor-General of Australia. Either would suit.

Hopegood Pl — Peter Hopegood (1891–1967), born Essex, England, came to Australia in 1924 after serving in the First World War. He worked as a hand on a pearling lugger in Broome and a jackeroo on north-west cattle stations; he then became a journalist and freelance writer. A man-of-action turned mystic, Hopegood became obsessed with myth, attempting to indicate in his verse and in several essays that there are correspondences between the myths of diverse races. The street Hopegood Place, Garran, ACT 2605 in the Australian Capital, Canberra, is also named after him.

Henry Lawson Dr — Henry Lawson (1867–1922) was a noted Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s greatest writer. He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson.

Norman Lindsay, 1931

Norman Lindsay, 1931

Lindsay Crescent — The creative Lindsays are legion. Best-known is Norman (Alfred William) Lindsay (1879–1969); an Australian artist, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeler, and boxer. He was the son of Anglo-Irish surgeon Robert Charles William Alexander Lindsay and Jane Elizabeth Lindsay from Creswick. The fifth of ten children, he was the brother of Percy Lindsay (1870–1952), Lionel Lindsay (1874–1961), Ruby Lindsay (1885–1919), and Daryl Lindsay (1889–1976). Norman’s eldest son (Robert Leeson) Jack Lindsay (1900–1990) was an Australian-born writer, who from 1926 lived in the United Kingdom. His brother was author Philip Lindsay. Joan Lindsay, Lady Lindsay (1896–1984, unrelated) was an Australian author, best known for her “ambiguous and intriguing” novel «Picnic at Hanging Rock», which was made into a notable movie.

Louise Mack Walk — Marie Louise Hamilton Mack (1870–1935) was an Australian poet, journalist and novelist.

Mackellar Park — Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar, (or better known as Dorothea Mackellar) OBE (1885–1968) was an Australian poet and fiction writer. Her poem “My Country” is perhaps the best known Australian poem with its second stanza beginning “I love a sunburnt country/A land of sweeping plains,/Of ragged mountain ranges,/Of droughts and flooding rains.”

May Gibbs Crescent — see Gumnut Lane, above.

O’dowd Place — Bernard Patrick O’Dowd (1866–1953) was an Australian activist, educator, poet, journalist, and author of several law books and poetry books. O’Dowd worked as an assistant-librarian and later Chief Parliamentary Draughtsman in the Supreme Court at Melbourne for 48 years; he was also a co-publisher and writer for the radical paper «Tocsin».

O’Reilly Court — Bernard O’Reilly (1903–1975) (born Alfonso Bernard O’Reilly) was an Australian author and bushman of Irish descent. He is best known for the discovery of the 1937 crash site in Lamington National Park of a Stinson Model A airplane, the VH-UHH Brisbane, and the organization of rescue crews that retrieved two survivors. Also, Paddy O’Reilly is a multiple award-winning Australian writer. She won the «Age» Short Story Award in 2002 for her story, “Snapshots of a Stranger” and was an Asialink resident to Japan in 1997. Her work has been published in Australia, Europe and the USA. «Heart of Pearl», a short film for which she wrote the screenplay, was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award.

Banjo Paterson, on the Australian ten-dollar note

Banjo Paterson, on the Australian ten-dollar note

Paterson Drive — Banjo Paterson. Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson OBE (1864–1941) was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life. Paterson’s more notable poems include “Waltzing Matilda”, “The Man from Snowy River” and “Clancy of the Overflow”. Banjo Paterson’s image appears on the Australian ten-dollar note, along with an illustration inspired by “The Man From Snowy River” and, as part of the copy-protection microprint, the text of the poem itself. In 1981 he was honoured on a postage stamp issued by Australia Post.

Penton Way — Brian Con Penton (1904–1951) was an Australian journalist and novelist, born in Brisbane. Penton wrote two novels, which sold quite well: «Landtakers», 1934, which chronicles pioneering life in Queensland from 1824–64, and a sequel «Inheritors», 1936.

Ronans Retreat — Perhaps related to «Ronan’s Escape», a short film directed by Australian born film writer/director A.J. Carter. The film set in the rural wheat belt of Western Australia, provides a candid insight into the life of Ronan, a 14 yr old boy who has been bullied his whole life at school and who decides to finally make his escape.

Rowcroft Avenue — Charles Rowcroft (1798, London–1856), pastoralist and novelist, the son of Charles Thomas Rowcroft, a British consul in Peru. Rowcroft was educated at Eton, after which he went to Hobart Town, Australia, in 1821 and took up a grant of 2,000 acres, or 8 square kilometers. He returned to England in 1826. In 1843 he published «Tales of the Colonies», followed by «The Bushranger of Van Diemen’s Land». Another of his novels, «An Emigrant in Search of a Colony», is also connected with Australia.

Rudd Court — “Steele Rudd” was the pseudonym of Arthur Hoey Davis (1868–1935), an Australian author best known for «On Our Selection». His reputation was established by his short stories of country life. The 1920 movie «On Our Selection» and 1932–1952 radio series «Dad and Dave» helped turn the characters into Australian cultural icons.

Slessor Avenue — Kenneth Adolf Slessor OBE (1901–1971) was an Australian poet and journalist. He was one of Australia’s leading poets, notable particularly for the absorption of modernist influences into Australian poetry. The Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry is named after him.

Tennant Court — Kathleen Kylie Tennant AO (1912–1988) was an Australian novelist, playwright, short-story writer, critic, biographer and historian. Her work was known for its well-researched, realistic, yet positive portrayals of the lives of the underprivileged in Australia.

Thiele Circuit — Colin Milton Thiele, AC (1920–2006) was an Australian author and educator. He was renowned for his award-winning children’s fiction, most notably the novels «Storm Boy», «Blue Fin», the «Sun on the Stubble» series, and «February Dragon».

John Tranter, 1974, with his cat Blossom.

John Tranter, 1974, with his cat Blossom.

Tranter Sq — This entry may refer to John Ernest Tranter (born 1943), an Australian poet, publisher and editor, with a long list of achievements in writing, publishing and broadcasting. He has published more than twenty books of poetry; he devised, with Jan Garrett, the long-running ABC radio program «Books and Writing»; and founded in 1997 the internet quarterly literary magazine «Jacket» which he published and edited until 2010, when he gave it to the University of Pennsylvania. On the other hand it may refer to A. Marian Tranter. Little is known of A. Marian Tranter. She may be the Agnes Marion Tranter who was born in 1874 at Yarpturk (Great Ocean Road, Western Victoria) to Charles Evenden Tranter, and Marian (nee Roberts), and who died at Heidelberg (Victoria) in 1935. In 1918 or 1919 A. Marian Tranter published a 28-page booklet of poems, «The Call of the Bush and Other Poems», which was apparently written circa 1917–18. The verse is sentimental, patriotic, and conventional.

Upfield Wk — Arthur William Upfield (1890–1964) was an Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte — “Bony” — of the Queensland Police Force, a half-caste Aborigine.

For a list of street names in Lynbrook (Victoria), see Thanks to Miles Weidemann for extra information. All references from Wikipedia, unless otherwise noted.