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“Lazy Lane”, “Moonlight Corner”, and a road built on leather…

October 1, 2016

As a keen defender of local history (my homes in England included a 1700 coastguard’s cottage and the servants quarters of a Hampshire country home rebuilt in the 1800’s after a fire), I am  delighted to have been able  play a small role in rescuing part of Unley’s  early days.

Several months ago, despite my protestations (apparently made too late)  it was decided that Chances Lane should disappear, to be re-badged as merely part of  Park Lane.

I was therefore highly delighted when the issue resurfaced at Council, thanks to the protestations of occupiers of premises in the doomed street. Citing expenses involved in the move, such as postal matters and inconvenience, they sought to have the idea overturned, a plea I was happy to move,  seconded by local Councillor Rufus Salaman.

Chances Lane  (it should properly be given an apostrophe) commemorates the family which took up extensive holdings in North Unley in the 1840s, with enterprises including a jam factory. A time when there were only ten families in the area, and therefore worthy of acknowledging…

As I told Council, I consider that such early history should not be lost. Rather it should be acknowledged in the way that significant buildings have been acknowledged in central Unley.

Meanwhile I will be pressing for this suggestion  to be adopted, finances permitting. There is plenty of material available to justify it.

Who, for example, was the journalist on  The Advertiser who  gave his name to Opey Avenue? Which present thoroughfare was once “Lazy Lane”? How did the junction of Unley Road and Northgate Street become to be known as “Moonlight Corner”.

And, most intriguing of all, which local road was allegedly  built on a foundation of leather from a nearby shoe factory?

Watch this space…




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  1. October 3, 2016 5:52 pm

    Well saved, Grumpy! The proposed new name was so banal; what possessed them? Have they no more important business to attend to than wiping out historic street names?


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