Hearing the news of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has an added dimension for someone who grew up in East St Kilda. Lots of street names in the area come from the Crimean War — from the British forces, names of battles (which in turn are mostly named after locations), and even Florence Nightingale is in there.
There’s some guesswork here, not an authorative list:
Alma Road — The Battle of Alma, 1854.
Blenheim Street — perhaps after the Vengeur-Class battle gun ship HMS Blenheim which served in the Crimean War.
Cardigan Street — Earl of Cardigan, who led the charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava.
Crimea Street — the Crimean War, 1853-1856.
Inkerman Street — the town of Inkerman in the Crimea.
Malakoff Street — The Battle of Malakoff, 1855.
Nightingale Street — Florence Nightingale, prominent nurse in the Crimean War.
Odessa Street — Odessa, Ukraine.
Pakington Street — Sir John Pakington, secretary of state for war in the British government, and involved in several government reports into the war.
Raglan Street — Lord Raglan, commander of British forces in the war.
Redan Street — The Battle of Great Redan, 1855.
Sebastopol Street — The Siege of Sevastopol, 1854-55.
Westbury Grove and Westbury Street — Frank Atha Westbury, who served in the Crimea before emigrating to Melbourne in 1866.
Any others people have spotted?
- 2/7/2009: Street clusters — newspapers in Cheltenham, cities in Murrumbeena, poets in Elwood, trees in Caulfield South