A Building Kyneton

kalaryder

Baldivis, Australia

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Kyneton is a town in the Macedon Ranges region of Victoria, Australia. The Calder Freeway bypasses Kyneton to the north and east. The town was named after the English village of Kineton, Warwickshire.

The town has three main streets: Mollison Street, Piper Street and High Street. Piper Street has the oldest streetscape of these, and still has many of its original buildings. The railway station, about 91 kilometres (57 mi) from Melbourne on the Bendigo railway line, is a terminus for two weekday peak-hour trains. The town is the council seat of the Shire of Macedon Ranges. At the 2011 census, Kyneton had a population of 6,629. (Wikipedia)

Establishing the town

In 1848 Superintendent Latrobe, acting on behalf of the Governor of N.S.W, visited the area, interested in establishing towns to become the centres of law and order. Carlsruhe at this time was a small hamlet with a hotel and detachment of police. Latrobe, however, rode to the hill adjacent to the old Fire Station (corner Ebden & Jennings Streets), and decided that this area was to be the site of one of his strategic towns. The next year, 1849,Latrobe commissioned government surveyor H.B. Foot to survey the new town which was to be the Mt Macedon District’s administrative centre.

The town plan was originally for the area west of Mollison Street and the streets were named by Latrobe predominantly after district’s squatter pioneers.

In 1850 slab huts and tents were situated close to Piper St and the river and were occupied by workers from nearby runs and their families. This was the genesis of the township.

The decade of the 1850s saw a remarkable growth in Kyneton.
The discovery of gold in Castlemaine and Bendigo in 1851 and the subsequent gold rush to those districts saw Kyneton’s population grow rapidly from the 300 of the census of March 1852. It was assessed to be 2000 in October of the same year..
At the gateway to the goldfields, but not a gold town itself, Kyneton became a very important centre with stores and businesses providing food, services, supplies and commerce for those moving to and from the goldfields. (http://kyneton.org.au/history.html)

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