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What's behind a name?

Often, a person...

a person who was born, who lived, who died and who deserves to be remembered...


Fyansford's       Street-Names


During a discussion with Brett Thompson, Gen Fyansford estate manager, an opinion was expressed that the streets might be named after 'local war veterans'.


I have found this to be the case in a few instances.. Can you add to this list?  

Can anyone clarify
the exact relationship between
  • Vickers General Store,
  • the Fyansford Store and
  • Gugger's store and post office?
See Former Post Office link.

If you can help

in this regard,

I would be very appreciative.

So, what's known?


An article in The Argus, Melbourne 15 Dec. 1933, refers to James Degoldi as the  licensee of the Fyansford Hotel.


The Newcomb Sand and Soil Supplies web-site explains how it had its origins at Fyansford, Geelong in 1963 when Doug and Joy Dunoon first stored and stockpiled sand and soil for the Geelong industrial and residential markets;

their materials being sourced locally, including from the Degoldi dairy farm sandpit located on the Barwon river at Fyansford.


In summary, the Degoldi family lived on a dairy farm beside what is now known as Degoldis or De Goldies Road (which runs adjacent to the Geelong ring road) and that James Degoldi was listed as the licensee of the Fyansford hotel in 1933.

So. what's known?

  • The Swan Inn, Fyansford, originally known as the Fyanstown Inn, was built by its first licensee John Atkins in 1842 and opened the following year.

  • 24 October, 1842  A new inn is to be constructed at Fyanstown, later known as Fyansford (Report  in the Geelong Advertiser)

  • 1843   John Atkins built the Swan Inn on the western bank of the Moorabool.

  • 16 January, 1843  Notice of opening of the Inn.

  • 1843   A court case between inn contractor Marr and Licencee John Atkins.

I have located names of members of the Carroll family who lost their lives serving in Australia's  armed forces...

  • World War 1     M. H. Carroll

  • World War 11   B. Carroll, N.C. Carroll and R.L. Carroll 


Can anyone please give me their Christian names?

Fyansford has many street names with links to individual 'local' people:

e.g. Atkins Street, Carroll RoadCyril Synot DriveDegoldis Road ....  


If this is, in fact, the case, then these people deserve recognition from contemporary Fyansfordites.

There must be people in our community who could "add flesh to the bones"....


Can you help?

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Cyril Synot Drive

So, what's known?

  • "Mr Synot came here in 1848. For some time he was a manager for Mr. John Highett, who had erected the flour mill on the south side of Buckley’s Falls….”

  • "There were two caves at Fyansford called Buckley’s Caves. One cave was situated at the Falls, but owing to several land slides the entrance to the cave is not now visible. The other cave is at the rear of Mr. Cyril Synot’s home at ‘Riverside’, formerly ‘Swanville’, where once boys could walk upright deep underground for 25 or 30 yards. An earth shock which occurred in 1877 shook a lot of stone down and blocked the passage here and there. The cave was composed of bluestone and was the home of rabbits, opossums and, in later years, of foxes..."

  • "The Swan Hotel was situated on the bank of the Moorabool River just on the right hand side after passing over the bridge. The entrance to the hotel grounds was from the Ballarat road through a drive. This building is now used as a private residence, Mr Cyril Synot being the present owner...”


Fyansford History Notes By Roy Holden  (Geelong Heritage Centre Ref. 3221F  994.52 FYA)

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Atkins Street

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De Goldis Road

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Carroll Road

Names of GenFyansford's streets

Gen Fyansford estate has street names which also have links to real people, 

e.g. Casey Boulevard, Dolder StreetGugger Place, Hardiman Circuit,

Littlewood DriveMarr Court, Maskell Court, Schroeder Court

These people deserve recognition from contemporary Fyansfordites and there must be people in our community who could "add flesh to the bones"....

Can you help?

I have located the names of two members of the Gugger family (N. Gugger and R. Gugger) on the Fyansford honour roll both of whom lost their lives 

while serving in Australia's armed forces during WW11.

Can anyone give me their Christian names?

Better still, can you provide a photo of either of these brave men...

Samuel John Gugger (!)

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The Gugger family has a long association with Fyansford; judging from the snippets of information I, almost accidentally, chance upon.


If you can throw more light on this long-time Fyansford family, I'd be very happy to speak with you...


What about the Gen Fyansford people names?

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Where exactly are these streets?

YouTube real estate advert

(Published15 Oct 2014)

showing aerial views of

DeGoldi Road property and surrounds

Jo Mitchell explains in her Barwon Blog how in 1910 the Junction Hotel property was leased...

"... by members of the Gugger family. The Gugger name has a long association with the Fyansford district. The family were amongst the earliest of the Swiss vignerons to arrive in the area from the Canton of Neuchatel, encouraged to settle in the district by Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe whose wife was Swiss. Their tenure as licensees (of the Junction Hotel) however lasted only until 31st December, 1917 ....).

Samuel John Gugger

William Francis Casey

Henry Littlewood

James Patrick Aitcheson

Harry Carroll

Montague Henry Carroll

N. Gugger

R. Gugger

Samuel John Gugger


A family that ran a local produce store. They also used to run a general store, post office, garage and the Junction Hotel. Also an ANZAC soldier born in Fyansford.



The family ran a dairy farm.



Fred Dolder founded the museum in 1976, and was a foreman at the factory.


Schroder (?)

Chief Chemist of the factory from 1930-1944, largely believed to be behind the success of the Cement Factory and Adelaide Brighton group.



A carpenter at the factory.



Several family members worked on the cement factory.



Harold Jennings was a chemist on the site. He later died on a London railway station. Also an ANZAC soldier born in Fyansford.



In reference to the Fyansford Monier Arch Bridge which is still located on site.



ANZAC soldier born in Fyansford.



ANZAC soldier born in Fyansford.

At this stage I have no information regarding Marr Court or Hardimann Circuit.

Origin Gen Fyansford  street names...


Riverside & Monier Releases


A Gen Fyansford spokesperson suggested the origin of  'Riverside' and 'Monier' street names was as follows...

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Names of Fyansford's streets....

Gugger Place

Panorama Estate's  "Blackbull Ridge" reflects the fact that this was the approximate location of the Small Black Bull Inn.


I would absolutely love to hear from anyone with 

additional information regarding this public house. 

West End Releases


Origin of street names in Gen Fyansford's newer releases

(west of the Moorabool River) will be released as they become available.  

Aura Release

Sunset Release

Horizon Release

Eden Release

Grace Release


If you can contribute to this page,

I'd love to hear from you

Street maps for Gen Fyansford's releases ...   

My  collection of maps downloaded over time with purely personal  interpretations.

See Brett Thompson, Gen Fyansford estate manager, for specific details.

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The story behind the name



Maskell Court

Maskell Farm

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Or should it be Schroder

Where exactly was Maskell's farm?

For more information see:~ Australian Dictionary of Biography

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The man behind the name

Fred Dolder

Fred Dolder was a neighbour of ours in Bostock Avenue, Manifold Heights. He was a very affable gentleman who was well-liked, conscientious and capable. He was a foreman at the Fyansford cement works. Fred deserves special credit as the prime mover behind the Geelong Cement Retirees’ Museum which he founded in 1976.

The Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum

The Geelong Cement Retirees Museum, one of Geelong’s hidden gems, was located in the former protestant orphanage which was closed in 1935 and later purchased by the Fyansford cement works (1939) to function as an employee recreation club. During the early 1950’s it was used as housing for migrant workers.

In the late 1970’s a small museum collection began in a few rooms. This eventually grew to cover almost every nook and cranny in the 27-room heritage building. The museum was run by volunteers, many of whom were former workers at the works. It featured displays of old equipment, records, photos, miscellaneous odds-n-ends, a scale model of the works site and an outline of the Moorabool River deviation project (completed in late 1980s).

The museum was located at the southern end of McCurdy Road just past the cement silos and the cement works bowls club. Entry to the museum which has long since closed was free.

Source: intown


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