President of Canowindra Historical Society and Museum Inc Jan Harrison, issued a call for help last week with the Society’s project to track down the origins of Canowindra’s street names.
“We all know Canowindra is Wiradjuri for ‘home’, and several of its street names have Wiradjuri origins”, Ms Harrison said. “While other street names are linked to its early European settlers.”
Naming of Canowindra’s streets began in earnest with the subdivision of private land from the mid-1800s by pioneer Bessie Robinson. Ms Harrison said, “We have ample information on the origins of some street names, including those directly connected with Bessie Robinson and her family.”
“We have little or no information on other street names like Lola Street though, and that’s why we are asking all locals, amateur historians, and anyone who loves a mystery to get involved,” said Ms Harrison.
“We know many of these are very familiar local family or property names, but we would love to find out more about the early Armstrong’s, Beath’s, Bowd’s and all the rest, so we are asking anyone who can help to contact us at the Museum or to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Museum now have some very good resources for digitising documents and photographs – so if you have anything in a shoebox or cupboard that might add to the knowledge or even put a face to a name please let us know.”
These are the street names that the Museum need more information about: Armstrong Street, Battery Lane, Beaths Road, Bluebell Street, Breen Rd, Bowds Lane, Cable Street, Candlebark Close, Canomodine Lane, Charlotte Street, Cranky Rock Road, Floods Lane, George Russell Drive, Kirribilli Road, Lawrences Road, Lola Street, Mcdonald Lane, Newton Road, Malveney Street, Pauls Road, Pride Of Oak Road, Thompson Street, Troopers Road, Valetta Lane, Winton Street And Vista Lane.