Hawkstone Street

Don’t recognise the street? Don’t worry, you might not recognise the name of Hawkstone Street because it is the former name of part of the few streets that were combined to make the road we know today as Orrong Road, Carlisle.

Hawkstone Street first appeared in Wise’s Post Office Directories in 1914, meaning the street was there from around 1913*. Hawkstone Street was part of the development of Bickford Gardens by Peet & Co., and is the suburb we know today as Carlisle. Two people were registered to receive mail at properties in the street, but by 1915 that number had increased to ten. The numbers of people registered in the street staid around ten to 15.

James Thomas Peet (1862-1935) who founded Peet & Co. in 1895, lived in a house in Adelaide Terrace, Perth he named “Hawkstone”. He named his house after Hawkstone Hall in Shropshire, England, and it is believed he named the street in Bickford Gardens for his house.

Hawkstone Hall, Shropshire, England was established in 1707 by Richard Hill of Hawkstone (1655-1727). The Hall was set in 100 acres (40 ha) of gardens, follies and parklands which to this day attracts many tourists and is known as Hawkstone Park.

Two land sale maps by Peet & Co. for Acreville Nos 1 & 2, show “Prospect Road” near and sometimes on, as if they were the same, as ‘Hawkstone Street’. ‘Prospect Road’ was actually one of the streets that was joined with Hawkstone Street to create Orrong Road in 1937.