Mount Barker Street Names

Extract From The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser - Friday 9 May 1930

Where did they come from?  There is no difficulty as to how Gawler Street got its name.  Lieutenant-Colonel George Gawler was Governor in this State from 1838 till 1841.  About the time that Mount Barker township was surveyed (1840) Governor Gawler made that memorable trip up the Murray to Morgan (North-West Bend) and on to Mount Bryan, where one of the party was lost (Bryan).  That is how Gawler Street got its name.

There was probably a friendship between Gawler and the original owners of Mount Barker survey.  I have no doubt that Hutchinson Street was named after Mrs. Julia Hutchinson, mother of Col. Gawler by her first husband, Captain Samuel Gawler.  Mrs. Hutchinson was born in 1769 and died, in South Australia on July 20, 1859, at the age of 90 years.  A mural tablet in Trinity Church, North Terrace, Adelaide, records these facts.

Mount Barker Township 1851Macfarlane Terrace, Dutton Place (now Druid's Avenue) and Finnis Terrace — perpetuate the names of the original holders of the land.

Morphett Street is after Sir J. C. Morphett.

Mann Street perpetuates the name of the first Attorney-General of the colony, Charles Mann.

Cameron Street, which runs past the mill and tannery, is in all likelihood named after Hugh Cameron, who was a fellow-passenger with Allan Bell in the "Lady Bute," in June, 1839.   Hugh Cameron was general manager for Captain John Ellis at Buckland Park and Benara (South-East).  (-1-)

Maclaren Street perpetuates the name of the first manager for the South Australian Company.

Stephen Street bears the name of the first manager of the Bank of South Australia.

Walker Street is named after John Walker, a veterinary surgeon, who built the old Presbyterian Manse as a residence for himself.

The Adelaide Road runs straight through east of the old cemetery, now the children's playground.

Gilles Street, running from the Methodist Church into Cameron Street, is named after Osmond Gilles, who came out with Governor Hindmarsh, and was first Colonial Treasurer, and was in that office when the survey was allotted.

This disposes of the upland part of the original survey of Mount Barker township.

When we go down to the "flat' we have Albert Place and Victoria Crescent, after royalty.

I am not able to say who "Knott" was that gives the name to a street in this part.

Tobas Street, a continuation of Hutchinson Street, after you cross the creek at Hancock's bridge — I am not yet able to say who Tobas was.

Newland Street, opposite Stephens Street —south of the creek— bears the name of the first manager of the Bank of Australasia in South Australia, Richard Francis Newland.

Hampden Road, which forms the south boundary of the original town, is one of the names of Dutton who held the land with Macfarlane and Finnis.

Hack's Road, after John Barton Hack, breaks off from the soldiers' monument.

The old cemetery lies in the Triangle and contains the remains of Mrs. Bain, the mother of the late Mrs. James Cram of Jamestown, James Wallace who died February 3, 1854 at the age of 41, Mrs. Champion sen., relations of the Jolly's and Eglington's, and probably others.  This site was probably used for burials down to 1850.  It was undoubtedly intended to be the property of the Scotch Church.


(-1-)  Cameron Street was more likely named after Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Cameron of the 3rd Regiment who was William H Dutton's father-in-law and first husband of Luduvina Rosa Da Silva who subsequently married Capt. John Finnis.  [Tony Finnis, April 2015]