What’s the Meaning of Old Rockhampton Street Names

Curious about the Rockhampton street you live in? Or are you researching family history and looking for a Rockhampton address? Some street names of Rockhampton have changed over time. The following may help you find the origins.

Rockhampton has grown since its beginnings along with its many street names, some with obscure origins. Not all will be covered here but the list will grow as I research this topic.

Some are unknown or have uncertain origins. Some may be incorrect. The re-naming of some streets, for example, with the amalgamation of north and south Rockhampton councils, can add confusion. Please leave a comment if you have information you can offer.

The list is broken down alphabetically but, as I update, names won’t be added in alpha order, so feel free to use the arrows at the top of the column to sort the streets in each section.



Street Name Reported Origin
Agnes First name of Mr Ward’s wife, Mrs Agnes Spencer (see also Ward, Jessie and Spencer Streets)
Baden-Powell Bear name of Chief Scout, Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857–1941), who founded the Boy Scout movement in 1907  
Bakara Name of one of three boats that transported Australians in the Great War (WW1). One of the five streets in the Macdonald Estate, near General Hospital acquired by the War Service Commission for home sites for returned soldiers of the WW1.
Bapaume Name of French village well known to active Australian soldiers during WW1. One of the five streets in the Macdonald Estate, near General Hospital acquired by the War Service Commission for home sites for returned soldiers of the WW1.
Baramba Name of one of three boats that transported Australians in the Great War (WW1). One of the five streets in the Macdonald Estate, near General Hospital acquired by the War Service Commission for home sites for returned soldiers of the WW1.
Boisy Name of French village well known to active Australian soldiers during WW1. One of the five streets in the Macdonald Estate, near General Hospital acquired by the War Service Commission for home sites for returned soldiers of the WW1.
Boonah Name of one of three boats that transported Australians in the Great War (WW1). One of the five streets in the Macdonald Estate, near General Hospital acquired by the War Service Commission for home sites for returned soldiers of the WW1.
Balaclava Name of Crimean village, scene of the battle of Balaclava. Street designation chosen by the estate owner, Mr W C Clements, who was a former soldier.  Also see Inkerman and Alma Streets.
Barnes Alderman (councillor) James Barnes, also founder of a coach building and blacksmithing business in Bolsover Street, neighbouring the Technical College (became TAFE and now The Regent)
Bank Because of location – on river bank in Park Avenue
Bawden Named after Alderman A J Bawden, one of first members elected in 1918 into the Greater Rockhampton Council
Beaconsfield Terrace Named after Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881), 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, a prominent British statesman and literary figure in the 19th century. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice, first in 1868 and then from 1874 to 1880.
Beak Named after the Beak family, a well-known pastoral family of the district.
Bedford After the 19th century District-Surveyor BEDFORD
Belle Vue Terrace  Unknown
Bennett Named after Alderman Phillip Bennett of North Rockhampton Council
Bernard Named after Frenchman, Bernard Pene, owner of Cremorne Hotel, which was in that area
Berserker Berserker, in line with the Berserker Mountain, named by the Archers. The term “Berserker” derives from Old Norse literature and refers to an ancient Norse warrior who fought with uncontrollable rage and frenzy. The word “berserker” itself is believed to come from the Old Norse word “berserkir,” meaning “bear-shirt” or “bear-skin,” possibly indicating that these warriors wore bear skins or symbolically took on the strength and ferocity of a bear in battle.
Bertram Named after a past resident of Rockhampton, Mr Andrew Bertram, who managed the Lakes Creek meatworks and Wilson, Hart and Co timber merchants.
Bevis Named after Mr Tom Bevis, known as Tom the Bellman (or town crier), also a scenic painter.
Birch Named after George Birch of Birch, Carrol and Coyle fame. Was once a licensee of the Criterion Hotel and lived in Rockhampton.
Birdwood Named after Field Marshal Sir William Birdwood, Commander of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces in the War
Bishop As part of the Catholic owned Cathedral Estate was named after the then RC Bishop Rev. Dr. J Shiel.
Blackall Named after the second Queensland Governor (1868–71) Samuel Wensley BLACKALL. 
Bolsover Once the longest street in Rockhampton (~ 2 miles in 1932). Named after a district in Derbyshire, England.
Bolton Named after Alderman Michael Bolton.
Bowden Named after a former Rockhampton accountant by the name of Vivian BOWDEN.
Bowen Named after Queensland’s 1st governor (1859–1868) Sir George Bowen
Bowen Terrace Also named after Queensland’s 1st governor (1859–1868) Sir George Bowen. Along with Beaconsfield and Belle Vue Terraces, situated near the town reservoir.
Bracher Named after Ernest Bracher Purnell, who was Rockhampton branch secretary of the Waterside Worker’s Federation and a member of the Rockhampton Harbour Board. Street location is near the place of the once Wandal tram terminal. Bracher was chosen over Purnell to avoid confusion with Parnell Street.
Brae Named after the subdivision of land, which was once Braeside, a property owned by McPerson, a former Government sheep inspector. 
Alick Named after son of Chinese merchant Tung Yeen, who traded under name of Wing Wah. Tung Yeen owned the 22 acres of land that comprised the subdivision.
Acheson Named after George Acheson, from Acheson and Allen storekeepers cnr William and East in the 1880s.
Albert Name from the Prince Consort 
Allen Named in honour of William Allen, from Acheson and Allen storekeepers cnr William and East in the 1880s. Located in Allenstown, also named after William Allen who bought two large land portions and subdivided and sold them for housing allotments £15 ea.
Allenby Named after Field Marshall Viscount Allenby
Alma Named after the Alma River in Russia, SW of Crimea, a reflection of the Crimean War and the victory over Russia in April 20, 1854
Anderson Unknown
Ann Origin uncertain
Anniki Origin uncertain
Archer Named after Charles and William Archer, who founding Rockhampton in 1853.
Armstrong Named after Mr Armstrong, who owned Armstrong Estate.
Arnold Unknown
Arrow Intersects with Bow Street. Reason for name unknown.
Arthur Named after Arthur Francis Wood (also Francis and Wood streets)

Located on slope of the Athelstane Range (“The Range”). First Police Magistrate named The Range Athelstane after his house “Mt Athelstane”. Name, Æthelstan, refers to the first King of England (924 to 939), a Saxon who invaded Scotland.

Brecknall Unknown
Bridge Named by North Rockhampton Council because it runs beside Moore’s Creek
Brown Named after a water police magistrate William John Brown
Buckle Unknown
Burke Thought attributed to one of the ill-fated explorers, Burke and Wills, since Wills Street is in the same locality. 
Burnett Named after Thomas Burnett, associated with the former Burnettville Hotel, cnr Musgrave Street and Lakes Creek Road.
Byrnes Named after former Queensland Premier (1898), Thomas J. Byrnes.
Bourke Named after Christopher W BOURKE, owner of land where the street was surveyed.
Source: The Evening News. 16 and 23 Jan 1932, p6.


Street Name Known Origin
Cairns Named after Queensland Governor (1875-7), William Wellington Cairns.
Callan Named after A J CALLAN, former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Mt Morgan. Also director of Mt Morgan Gold Mining Co. and first to take up Torilla Station (1860).
Cambridge Named after English university of same name (also Oxford and Eton).
Campbell Named after early Rockhampton surveyor named A H CAMPBELL.
Canning Thought named after noble British statesman, Viscount CANNING, similar to naming of Gladstone and Beaconsfield after noblemen.  
Canovan Named after Alderman Canovan of previous North Rockhampton Council. Prior to joining of north and south Rockhampton councils, the street was known as Albert Street. Renamed to Canovan to avoid confusion with Albert Street in South Rockhampton.
Card Named after Albert CARD, a Rockhampton real estate conveyancer. 
Caroline Named associates with Queen Caroline Of England, who was with Willliam IV, who ruled before Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837
Carr Named after John CARR, well known identify of Depot Hill.
Cathedral Named because of association with St Joseph’s Cathedral. Was a dead end street running from Talford Street to the former Christian Brothers college (now The Cathedral College).
Catherine Uncertain
Cavell Named in honour of Nurse Edith Louisa CAVELL of war fame (WW1), who was shot by the Germans.
Caxton Named after the first English printer.
Charles Was once known as Queen Street. Reason for re-naming unknown. Today it crosses Moore’s Creek to access a walking track through Kershaw Gardens.
Charlotte Unknown origin
Charlton Named after Alderman William CHARLTON, Rockhampton mayor 1931-3.
Cavon Unknown origin
Church Site of a former small church built by Andrew Ross of Balnagowan. 
Clifton Thought named after the district in Bristol, England, with the same name.
Codd Named after James CODD, butcher of North Rockhampton.
Connolly Named after Alderman Thomas CONNOLLY, former Mayor of Rockhampton.
Connor Named after G D CONNOR, auctioneer and commission agent, considered one of the oldest residents of Rockhampton
Considine Named after Alderman Michael Considine.
Cooper Named after Mr Henry Cooper, owner of stock and station business in Rockhampton
Corberry Unknown
Corio Unknown
Costello Named after Thomas Costello, railway guard, who live in adjoining Church Street.
Cousins Once known as Oxford Road. Named after Alderman R Cousins.
Cowap Named after Frank Cowap, past resident of Rockhampton
Creek Near Moore’s Creek, hence the name.
Crew Said to be named after past Rockhampton residents by the name of Crew.
Curran Unknown
Curtis Named after G S Curtis, auctioneer, commission agent and general merchant of Rockhampton. Curtis also represented Rockhampton in the Qld parliament for some years and owned the Criterion Hotel at one stage.
Dagmar Taken from the house “Dagmar” of Thomas McDonald-Paterson that was situated on the subdivided land. 
Daniel Named after Owen Daniel, Alderman of Rockhampton City Council and later MLA for Keppel.
D’arcy Named after W K D’Arcy, solicitor of Rockhampton, who became extremely rich after speculating with Mt Morgan shares and purchased the Morgan Brothers’ share in the mine.
Davis Name of William Davis, early town clerk of Rockhampton.
Dawson Road Upper and Lower Dawson roads formed the start of the main road to the Dawson River.
Dean Named after W T Dean, town clerk of Rockhampton in the 1930s.
Denham Uncertain origin though possibly named after a public figure of Queensland or New South Wales. Not thought to be Digby F Denham as it existed before he became Premier.
Denison Named after Sir William Thomas Denison (1804–1871), appointed Governor of NSW in 1855 and therefore nominal Governor-General of the Australian colonies, which included Queensland.
Depot Named after the depot for immigrants in the locality (Also Hill Street).
Derby Named after Earl of Derby.
Dibdin Named after R L Dibdin auctioneer and commission agent of Rockhampton. 
Duck Unknown
Dunbar Named after Thomas Dunbar, ex-employee of Lakes Creek Company.
Dunlop In honour of Captain Dunlop, father of T A Dunlop (MLA), who represented Rockhampton in the Qld Legislative Assembly.
Dunn Named after former Alderman F J Dunn
Source: The Evening News. 30 Jan and 6 Feb 1932, p6.


Street Name Known Origin
Earl Named after Ephriam Earl, former North Rockhampton cemetery sexton. Part of subdivision of Dean Murley Estate and originally named Dean Street, North Rockhampton.
East One of four streets (also North, South and West) coined as a direction, which once formed the boundary of the township. Living outside these four was considered living in the ‘bush’. Of note, East Street runs southeast to northeast rather than pure east. 
Edgar Named after city mayor, Alderman John Edgar, in 1909.
Edington Named by North Rockhampton Council. Origin unknown.
Edward Named when King Edward VII was Prince of Wales.
Edwin Likely named after Alderman Edwin Macaree, former Mayor of North Rockhampton.
Eldon Named after Earl ELDON, Lord Chancellor England from 1801–1827.
Elgin Named after a house “Forres Elgin”situated on land that was subdivided with one of the streets given the name Elgin.
Elizabeth Uncertain origin
Ellis Uncertain origin
Elphinstone Possibly taken from first name of Elphinstone DALRYMPLE
The Esplanade Location is river bank at North Rockhampton. Uncertain origin.
Eton Named after English university of same name.
Evans Named after  R W EVANS, Rockhampton mayor 1936–39
Exhibition Road Named because of proximity to Show Grounds
Face Named after Alderman J W Face, former Mayor of North Rockhampton.
Farm Named after Stewart’s farm that was in the area.
Farrell Named after Alderman William Farrell, Mayor of Rockhampton in 1914 and also publican of the Old Exchange Hotel.
Ferguson In memory of John Ferguson, MLC, significant share holder in Mt Morgan and Mayor of Rockhampton 1880, 1881 and 1883.
Fiddes Named after Hug Fiddes, Mayor of Rockhampton, 1894, and 1898-1899.
Flynn Uncertain
Ford Named after a North Rockhampton resident.
Foreman Named after Edward Forman, grocer of East Street and ardent Socialist.
Francis Named after Arthur Francis Wood, surveyor, as were Arthur and Wood streets also.
Fitzpatrick Named after Alderman H Fitzpatrick.
Source: The Evening News. 13 and 20 Feb 1932, p6.


Street Name Known Origin
Garden Name as such because in locality known for attractive gardens.
Gardner Name after Alderman H S GARDNER
George Like named after King George V, who opened the first parliament of the Commonwealth in 1901 as Duke of York
Gillespie In memory of J D Gillespie, principal of the Remington Business College, teaching many individuals of the city to write shorthand
Gladstone Named because it heads to Gladstone, which was named after the British statesman, W E Gladstone. 
Glencoe Various possible sources. Specific unknown.
Glenmore Road Named because it led to Glenmore Station, established 1858 by Macartney.
Goodsall  Named after Joseph Goodsall, past builder and contractor of Rockhampton
Goodson Named after Alderman W H Goodson.
Gordon Named after J P J Gordon, chemist of Corberry Street.
Goss Named after Alderman W R Goss.
Gough Was previously known as Fitzroy Street but changed after amalgamation of North with South Rockhampton into the “Greater Rockhampton” scheme to avoid confusion with Fitzroy Street in South Rockhampton. Named after Alderman C O Gough, Mayor of North Rockhampton and then of Rockhampton in 1918.
Grace Named in honour of a “study” city vanman
Grant Named after an early timber merchant of the same name
Gregory Thought named after Australian explorer by same name.
Griffith Named after Sir Samuel Griffith, Attorney General of Queensland in 1874 and Premier 1890–1893.
Grubb Named after Thomas Grubb, retired railway signalman, known for his hand at draughts and chess.
Hadgraft Named after a Rockhampton family. Mr Hadgraft worked for the Marine Department.
Haig Named after Earl Haig, British commander in chief during WW1 in France.
Hall Named after T S Hall, a Mount Morgan millionaire and early manager of the Queensland National Bank, Rockhampton.
Harbourne Named after a family residing in area. Mr Harbourne worked at Lake’s Creek meatworks.
Hardacre Named after H F Hardacre, Minister in Premier T J Ryan’s government.
Harrow Named after the English university of the same name.
Hartley Named after S W Hartley, mayor of Rockhampton 1895.
Harvey Named after family residing in the area of Port Curtis.
Hawkins Named after family residing in locality at rear of reservoir.
Hay Dead end street running from Derby to block between West and Talford Streets; named after James Leith Hay, early pioneer of CQ and one time owner of Rannes Station.
Haynes Name given from Captain Haynes, former pilot of Harbours and Rivers Department
Headrick Named in memory of John Headrick, principal of Headrick and Livermore firm.
Heath Named after Captain Heath, Queensland’s first portmaster 
Hedlow Lane Named after Mount Hedlow in the Yeppoon district. Ran off Musgrave street opposite Bernard Street, North Rockhampton. 
Herbert Named after T W Herbert, Queensland Premier 1859–1866.
Henderson Named after Thomas Henderson, Rockhampton Mayor 1903.
Henry Named after Henry Jones, who had house in vicinity and a business situated where Denham Bros followed. He was a pioneer timber merchant
High Unknown
Highway Unknown
Higson Named after the brothers T K and W K Higson, City Council members. T K Higson was Mayor in 1890.
Hill Joins Depot Street, in Depot Hill, which was named after the depot for immigrants in the locality. 
Hinz Named after a North Rockhampton resident.
Hogan Named after Alderman of North Rockhampton Council.
Hollingsworth Named after Thomas Hollingsworth, employee of Captain Hunter (see Hunter Street) and owner of a ketch (a 2 masted sailing boat) to St Lawrence.
Hopkins Named after William Hopkins, stationer of North Rockhampton.
Horace Unknown
Horner Named after well-known railway station master, Alexander Horner.
Horton Named after Edward Horton, who owned a large amount of Rockhampton property.
Huet Named after Huet the dentist family.
Hunter Named after Captain Hunter, Rockhampton mayor 1866–1870.
Hutton Named after surveyor F W Hutton, who was also Alderman on the Rockhampton City Council in the 1930s.
Source: The Evening News. 27 Feb 1932, p6.


Street Name Known Origin
Jessie Named after the first name of Mrs Agnes Spencer’s daughter, Jessie Spencer, who married Thomas Atherton of Mt Hedlow. Being one of four streets (see also Ward, Agnes and Spencer Streets) named in the subdivision of John Ward’s land on the Athelstane Range, this appears a stronger case for the name than the one given by the Evening News of Jessie Headrick of Headrick and Livermore.
Inkerman A legacy of the battle of Inkerman, Nov 5 1854 in relation to the Crimean War. Similar to Balaclava and Alma Street.
Iredale Named after Charles Iredale, Alderman on city council.
Jackson Name taken from W G Jackson, Rockhampton mayor 1877–1878.
Jane Unknown
Jardine Named corresponds with Jardine Lagoon, which carries the name of John Jardine, early police magistrate of Rockhampton and father of explorers Frank and Alexander Jardine.
Jeffries Named after J Jeffries, Alderman of City Council.
Jellicoe Possibly named after Commander in Chief Admiral JELLICOE of Jutland
John Unknown
Johnson Named after H W Johnson, Rockhampton mayor 1901.
Joyner Named after North Rockhampton family.
Jones Named after a family of Rockhampton.
Kalare Unknown
Kellow Named after H A Kellow, headmaster of Rockhampton Boy’s Grammar School.
Kelly Named after Thomas Kelly, Rockhampton mayor 1886–1887.
Kennedy Possibly from Sir Arthur Edward Kenned, Queensland governor 1877–1883.
Kent Named after Duke of Kent, the father of Queen Victoria.
Kerrigan Named after Alderman J KERRIGAN
King Possibly in line with the last named street in vicinity, Queen Street. 
Kingel Named after Theo. Kingel, Rockhampton mayor 1917–1919, 1924–1926.
Kirkellen Unknown
Knight Named after Horace Knight, a resident of Frenchman’s Creek.
Knutsford Knutsford was a parliamentary division in Cheshire, England.
Linnett Named after Alderman John Linnett (MLA), Mayor of North Rockhampton Council and represented North Rockhampton on the Legislative Assembly. Also owned a butcher business. Re-named from Rose Street, North Rockhampton which took its name from the 1880s rose garden of Eustus Werner who lived in that street.
Lakes Creek Road Named after Captain Lake, master of coastal steamers between NSW and Qld. 
Lamington Governor of Queensland 1896–1901 was Baron Lamington.
Lanigan Named after Edward Lanigan, who had a dairy.
Larcombe Named after James Larcombe, Minister for Railways in Queensland.
Larnach Named after John A Larnach, local branch manager of Bank of New South Wales.
Lauga Named after North Rockhampton resident.
Leamington Name comes from the Leamington Springs, England.
Lee  Named after Alderman T J Lee, Rockhampton mayor, 1932.
Leichhardt In honour of Frederick Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, German born explorer of Australia who disappeared in 1848.
Lennox Unknown
Lion Creek Road Leads to Lion Creek, with headwaters in Lion Mountain, which was so named by the Archer Brothers because of its shape.
Littler Named after W W Littler, Rockhampton mayor, 1896–1897.
Livermore Named after E P Livermore, principal of Livermore and Headrick and Rockhampton mayor 1865, and 1871–1873.
Livingstone Named after the Scottish missionary and explorer of Africa, David Livingstone.
Lloyd Named after early identities.
Lucas Named after Mr E S Lucas, original owner of Lucas’ store in East Street.
Lucius First name of a member of the W K D’Arcy family.
Source: The Evening News. 16 Jan and 5 Mar 1932, p6.


Street Name Known Origin
Macaree Named after Edward Macaree, early mayor of Rockhampton.
MacDonald Unknown
Mansfield Named after Mr P D Mansfield, Rockhampton mayor 1862.
Margaret Unknown
Mary Unknown
Mason Unknown
McAlister In honour of Arthur McAlister, Colonial Secretary 1866–1867 and 1874–1876.
McDougall Named after local resident, James McDougall, who was a boot importer.
McFarlane Named after Alderman McFarlane, Rockhampton mayor 1875–1876. Was known as Church Street until amalgamation of north and south Rockhampton councils.
McGregor Named after Sir William McGregor, Queensland governor, 1902–1914.
McKelligett Takes the name from Mr R McKelligett, Rockhampton mayor 1863–1864.
McIlwraith Named after Queensland Premier Sir Thomas McIlwraith.
Meade Name of chemist in early Rockhampton.
Medcraf Named after Harry Medcraf, Rockhampton mayor 1905, 1908 and 1911.
Melbourne Takes name of Charles Sidney Dick Melbourne, early Rockhampton solicitor.
Meter Given name around time meters were discussed by early Rockhampton authorities.
Millewa Unknown
Millroy Named after James Millroy of Millroy’s, East Street, Rockhampton’s leading store for many years.
Moffat Named after Mr T B Moffat, drover and one time proprietor of the Dunmore Arms Hotel.
Moonie Unknown
Moore Name associated with Moore’s Creek.
Morgan Named after Mr F A Morgan, one brother of the three who founded Mt Morgan gold mine. An early licensee of the Criterion Hotel and was Rockhampton mayor 1891–1895.
Morrison Named in memory of John Morrison, Rockhampton mayor 1915–1916 and owner of Leichhardt Hotel for many years.
Mostyn Unknown
Mountain Lead along Kalka Shades toward the mountains.
Munro Named after William Munro, stationers of Rockhampton; founder of Munro and Co.
Murray Takes the name of Mr G P M Murray, Native Police Inspector, Rockhampton and then Police Magistrate, Brisbane.
Musgrave Named after Sir Anthony Musgrave, Queensland Governor 1883.
Namoi Unknown
Nathan Takes name from Sir Matthew Nathan, Queensland Governor, 1920.
Naughton Named after William Naughton who had Naughton Estate, a property divided into residential blocks with Naughton hamed as one of its streets.
Nicholson Takes name from Sir Charles Nicholson, one time Premier of NSW and owner of bushland property around Rockhampton.
Nobbs Named after Thomas Nobbs, a North Rockhampton mayor.
Noel Unknown
Norman In honour of Sir Henry Wylie Norman, Queensland Governor 1889–1895.
Normanby Road Named after the Marquess of Normanby, Queensland Govenor 1871–1874.
Norris Named after Captain Cornelius Norris, boat builder of Rockhampton.
North The northern boundary of Rockhampton at the time named.
Oakley Named changed from Lagoon Street after petition by locals.
Oswald Named after Mr Frank Oswald Foster, who was a dentist and alderman of Rockhampton.
Oxford Name taken from University in England of same name.
Source: The Evening News. 12 and 19 Mar 1932, p6.


Street Name Known Origin
Painswick Unknown
Palmer In honour of John Palmer, mayor 1861 and an early merchant of Rockhampton.
Park Because it was situated in Queen’s Park area.
Park Avenue Road that went from the river bank across Glenmore through to Carroll Street, which met Yaamba Road. Named in association with Queen’s Park.
Parnell Named after Mr A H Parnell, Rockhampton Mayor, 1904, 1907 & 1912.
Part Mr Samuel Part was ship’s chandler in early Rockhampton days; The Part family was well-known in Rockhampton at one time.
Patrick Sir Joseph Patrick a local driver of a hansom cab (horse-drawn)
Paterson Mr T Madonald Paterson was Rockhampton mayor in 1870.
Pattison Mr William Pattison, was an early resident, arriving in 1864 in Rockhampton and became mayor in 1874. 
Penlington Mr Thomas Penlington was Rockhampton mayor in 1900.
Pennycuick Mr K G Pennycuick was an early Rockhampton engineer.
Pershing  Named after Brigadier-General J J Pershing, an American army leader during WW1
Peter Origin unknown
Peterson Named after early residents of Rockhampton
Phillips Named after Mr J E Phillips of Medcraft’s Ltd who was a former alderman. This north Rockhampton street was originally named Archer Street. 
Phyllis Unknown origin
Pilkington Carries the name of Mr G Pilkington, who had a house on the Berserker Mountains and lived to 100 years.
Pine Unknown
Power Named after Mayor Power of early Rockhampton
Princess Unknown
Private Unknown
Prospect Originally named Cemetery Road
Quarry Named because it ran along the top of the quarry 
Quay Named because it runs along the Fitzroy River. “Quay” meaning a structure built parallel to the bank of a waterway for use as a landing place
Queen Complements the next street, which is King Street
Randwick Unknown
Reaney Named after W A Reaney, who was Mayor of the former North Rockhampton Council. Originally known as Wharf Street, North Rockhampton.
Renshaw T B Renshaw was Rockhampton Mayor in 1913
Reserve Unknown
Reservoir Named because it runs adjacent to the reservoir on the Athelstane Range
Richardson Road Originally called Myrtle Street. Named after A J Richardson.
Richmond Unknown
Richter Named after a North Rockhampton family
Rhodes Named after Cecil John Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia in British South Africa and provider of the Rhodes scholarships in perpetuity for a 3-year term of about 175 students at Oxford.
River Runs along the river near the Rockhampton Show Grounds
Robert Unknown
Robinson Originally Alma Street, North Rockhampton. Named after J W Robinson, member of the former North Rockhampton council.
Rockonia Road Named after the property of E S Lucas: “Rockonia”, which was the first home built close to the mountains.
Rodboro Unknown
Rose Unknown naming of street that runs from Lakes Creek Road at Kalka. See Linnett Street, for a former Rose Street in North Rockhampton.
Ross Named after early residents living in area
Rundle Named after Captain Rundle, Rockhampton port and harbour master of bygone era
Rustic unknown
Source: The Evening News. 19 Mar & 2 Apr 1932, p6.


Street Name Known Origin
Ward Mr Ward, estate owner who subdivided land on The Range (see also Agnes, Jessie and Spencer Streets)
Spencer Surname of Mr Ward’s wife, Mrs Agnes Spencer (see also Ward, Agnes and Jessie Streets)*
Seigle Unknown
Salamanca Possibly the Salamanca Battle in the Peninsula War (1807–1814) of the Iberian Peninsula, where lies Spain and Portugal 
Sebastopol Possibly the Sebastapol Battle, which was part of the Peninsula War (1807–1814) in the Iberian Peninsula, where lies Spain and Portugal
Savage Named after Rev. Savage, who was a Congregational minister
Sedborough Carries the name of Mr Sedborough Rutherford, whose father was Rockhampton’s first chemist, cnr Quay & Denham Sts.
Separation Possibly named in honour of the Separation Movement, when headed by G B Curtis
School House Runs from Reaney to Bridge Street along the site of the former North Rockhampton State School. The school became Rockhampton’s Special School and the site today holds the Kingsley College. 
Schulz Named after Frederick Schulz, an early bridge builder and resident of Rockhampton
Schwab Carries the name of A J Schwab, tobacconist and business owner of North Rockhampton
Sharples Named after Robert Sharples, Rockhampton mayor in 1882
Short Named because it was a short thoroughfare connecting Upper and Lower Dawson Roads, near the quarry
Simpson Unknown
Skardon Originally Arthur Street, North Rockhampton, was renamed after Charles Skardon, Mayor in 1870
Smith Unknown
South One of four streets (also North, East and West) coined as a direction, which once formed the boundary of the township. Living outside these four was considered living in the ‘bush’. 
Spike Named after an early resident who had a notable garden in the area
Stack Named after Patrick Stack, former works foreman for North Rockhampton.
Stamford Unknown
Stanley Carries name of historic English family
Stenhouse Originally known as King Street, North Rockhampton. Named after family in area.
Sturt Named after the explorer
Talford unknown
Taylor unknown
Thackeray Originally Henry Street, North Rockhampton. Named after Mr Thackeray, who established the “North Rockhampton Times”. See Tomkins Street also.
Thomasson Named after Samuel Thomasson, Rockhampton mayor 1902
Thompson Carries name of Senator General W G Thompson, who owned property in area
Thorn Named after George Thorn, a member of Qld’s legislative assembly and whose father founded Ipswich
Thornton unknown
Thozet’s Road Named after Mr Anthleme Thozet, a keen botanist from Lyons, France, who had home in Kalka, Rockhampton with a notable garden
Thurston Carries name of Dr Thurston, hospital’s first medical officer residing in Rockhampton
Toft Originally Fitzroy Street ext., North Rockhampton. Takes name from Mr William Toft of Koongal, who became a member of the Livingstone Shire Council
Tomkins Originally named Hall Street, North Rockhampton. Named after Edward Curston Tomkins. Tomkins married Mr Thackeray’s daughter.
Tozer After Sir Horace Tozer, Qld member of legislative assembly for Gympie
Tung Yeen Named after Chinese merchant Tung Yeen, who traded under name of Wing Wah. Tung Yeen owned the 22 acres of land that comprised the subdivision. See also Alick Street.
Turner Road unknown
Tuson Carries name of George TUSON, manager of Union Bank of Australia
Underwood Named after Alderman A C UNDERWOOD
Unmack Named after prominent public figure, Theodore UNMACK
Verney Carries name of the secretary of Rockhampton Employers’ Association and one time president of the Chamber of CoMmerce: J J VERNEY
Victor unknown
Victoria Parade In honour of Queen Victoria
Victoria Place In honour of Queen Victoria
Victoria Street In honour of Queen Victoria
Voss Named after Dr F H V VOSS, who founded the Hillcrest Hospital, Rockhampton
Wackford Carries the name of Henry WACKFORD, a blacksmith of early Rockhampton
Wakefield J WAKEFIELD was Rockhampton mayor 1885
Wambool unknown
Wandal Road unknown
Ward Named after John WARD, an early publican who owned the Criterion Hotel and also alderman of Rockhampton. He also owned a lot of property include land on the Athelstane Range which he subdivided and named streets in honour of his family. Streets in vicinity carry Mr Ward’s family’s names, e.g. Mrs Agnes SPENCER and her daughter Jessica (see Agnes, Jessie and Spencer Streets)
Water unknown
Waterloo In memory of the Battle of Waterloo (June 18, 1815) in the southern Netherlands (now Belgium). It was was Napoleon’s final defeat
Waterview Leads down to the river and hence the name
Wattle Because of the many wattle trees growing wild in the vicinity. (Most likely the Brigalow Wattle, Acacia harpophylla, commonly known as brigalow)
Waurn unknown
Weinholt Named after a well known family in the Queensland Assembly
Wentworth Terrace Named after explorer William Charles WENTWORTH
Werner Name of early North Rockhampton residents
Werribee Similar to name of township in Victoria
West One of four streets (also North, East and South) coined as a direction, which once formed the boundary of the township. Living outside these four was considered living in the ‘bush’. 
Western Thought named because of its locality to the west
Wharf Because located near a wharf, runs along the river
Wheatcroft Named after John WHEATCROFT, first headmaster Rockhampton Boy’s Grammar School
William Refers to King William IV
Williamson Originally Garden Street, North Rockhampton. Named after James WILLIAMSON, a former mayor.
Wilkinson Originally Wandal Street. Named after George Wilkinson, a resident of that area at the time and became may in 1910.
Willis Named after Jack WILLIS, alderman of the 1890s
Wills In honour of the explorer William John WILLS (1834–1861) who accompanied Robert O’Hara BURKE
Wimmera Possibly taken from Victorian town of same name
Wiseman WISEMAN was Rockhampton’s first Police Magistrate.
Witt unknown
Woolcock Named after a Rockhampton family
Yarra Naming possibly relating to the Yarra River in Victoria
York Named after a North Rockhampton family
Source: The Evening News. *23 Jan and 2 & 9 Apr 1932, p6.

Rockhampton street name sources

See also History In Place Names, Morning Bulletin 13 Feb 1950

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    • Hi Tressa, Thanks for your comment. It’s more likely I’ll continue adding to the items listed here in the future.


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