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Boroondara City Council (Council) gives notice under the Naming rules for places in Victoria - Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016 of a proposal to name the laneway at the rear of 460-468 Glenferrie Road, adjoining 1 Gardiner Road and 2 Wellesley Road, Hawthorn.

The name proposed is Kennon Lane. The following information is provided by the Boroondara Library Services:

“The Kennon family was and remains well-entrenched in the development of both the physical and social landscape of Hawthorn. They descend from James Kennon, who started J. Kennon & Sons, a tannery on the banks of the Yarra (on the Richmond side), in 1863. Expanding from a business employing five people at this time to a business employing 365 in 1923, J. Kennon & Sons was a wellknown landmark until it closed in 1960. Kennon sons were educated at Scotch College and many members of the extended Kennon family lived in the grand houses of Hawthorn over the years – for example, ‘Manningtree’ on Manningtree Road and ‘Roslin’ at 26 Yarra Street (prior to the First World War). 

J. W. Kennon, grandson of James Kennon, was instrumental in the early development of the Hawthorn Football Club (HFC), and today is honoured with a medallion hanging in the HFC Hall of Fame. Squire Kennon, son of James, was – along with Albion Henry Walkley – a Foundation Member of the Glenferrie Hill Recreation Club. His son (grandson of James Kennon, cousin to J. W. Kennon), Edwin, continued the connection with Walkley, having many buildings designed by him. Walkley designed the residence ‘Arcoona’ on Wellesley Road for Edwin Kennon. The newly-weds Edwin and Bertha Kennon moved into ‘Arcoona’ on Wellesley Road after their marriage in 1913.”

If you do not support the proposal, please indicate why and/or demonstrate why the proposal does not conform to the Naming rules for places in Victoria - Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016. For more information on the naming guidelines provided by the State Government, visit the Property and Land Titles website

A person may make a submission on the proposal. Submissions should be submitted by 30 August 2019.

Any person making a written submission is advised all submissions and personal information in the submission will be handled by Council in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

Submissions should be addressed to Director Customer Experience and Business Transformation and:

  • posted to City of Boroondara, Private Bag 1, Camberwell Vic 3124 
  • delivered to the Council offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell Vic 3124, or
  • emailed to [email protected]

Please direct enquiries to Stephanie Lim, Senior Property Advisor, at 9278 4368 or by email to [email protected].

Council has so far been unable to locate existing family members of the Kennon family to seek permission to use the proposed name. To this end, we are requesting that any family contact details be passed on from the community, and/or consent from family members.