Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Notes on the Origins and Locations of Place Names

Newcastle Lake Macquarie Hunter Valley



Radfordslea Estate - near Black Creek. Singleton district. 2000 acres owned by Alexander Brodie Sparke

Ramsgate - Catherine Hill Bay

Rankin Park - Newcastle. Named for solicitor A.A. Rankin

Raspberry Clear - Singleton district

Raspberry Gully - original name for the present day Gully Line

Rathbourne Cottage - near Osterley

Rathmines - Edward Hely named 'Rathmines' after the family's home town near Dublin, Ireland. The disused Seaplane Base at Rathmines was purchased by the Lake Macquarie Council in 1964[42].

Rattigan - Estate of Alexander McLeod

Ravenodale - Wyong district - named after a place in Derbyshire, England [46]

Ravenscroft - At the Allyn River near Eccleston

Ravenshaw Hills - above Stroud River - see Dangar's map [29]

Ravenshaw St. Newcastle - named for J.H. Ravenshaw, director of A.A. Co.

Ravensworth - Estate belonging to James Bowman; situated in Co. of Durham between Fallbrook and Foybrook. Singleton district

Rawdon Stream - Co. of Gloucester, the name of the S. head of the Barrington River. [37]

Raworth - After a place in Suffolk, England. This land near Morpeth was a grant to James Griffith in 1823. John Howe purchased this 200 acres in 1839.

Raymond Terrace - After Midshipman Raymond, who in 1797 was sent by Lieut. Shortland by boat up the River Hunter and who remarked on the 'terraced'; appearance of the trees at the junction of the Hunter and William Rivers. The locality for some time was called 'Raymond's Terraces'.[46] Situated in Co. Gloucester on E. bank of Hunter river. According to Huntington also known as Green Hills. Alternative naming was after James Raymond Postmaster-General

Recovery - Estate at Lake Macquarie opposite Rev. Threlkeld in 1838

Redbourneberry - A grant of 700 to John Howe as reward for his discoveries. Situated on the eastern side of Singleton

Redmanvale - Singleton district

Red Head - Situated in Co. of Northumberland, a few miles north of Reid's Mistake (1848). Named after an adjacent red headland [46]

Red House - Inn known as The Red House - Black Creek

Reedy Creek - Singleton district. A small tributary of the Glendon Brook

Reid Lane - Newcastle. Named after James Reid whose office was in the brick terrace facing Watt St. and backing on to Reid street

Reid's Mistake - Situated at the entrance of Lake Macquarie. Named after the discoverer Captain William Reid, master of a small coasting vessel "Martha" who mistook the island outside for Nobbys and instead of entering Port Hunter as was his intention, took his vessel into this opening or entrance to Lake Macquarie.[46] Mullug-bula - the name of two upright rocks about nine feet high springing up from the side of a bluff head on the margin of Lake Macquarie; Beneath the mountain on which the two pillars stand was a seam of coal from which Reid obtained a cargo of coals when he mistook the entrance of Lake Macquarie for Newcastle {Threlkeld}

Retreat - Cattle run on the Macdonald River leased by Robert Pringle

Retreat Farm - Cockfighter's Creek

Rhondda - Teralba - site of the Rhondda Colliery. Named after a coal mining town in Wales [46]

Richmond Vale - near Maitland / Cessnock. Name of estate owned by John Palmer in 1823

Ringwood - Raymond Terrace

Riverville - Hunter River. Estate of Sampson Marshall

Rix's Creek - Singleton district . North tributary of the Hunter River flowing into it at Auckland

Robertson Street, Carrington - named after Sir John Robertson KCMG premier of NSW

Rocky Creek - Cattle station at Liverpool Plains leased by Robert Pringle

Rosebank - Grant of 2560 acres to Thomas Bartie - Hinton

Rosebrook - Estate of James Reid, Hunter River

Rosebrook Estate - 1 mile from Muswellbrook (1894)

Rose Cottage - Residence of John Eckford in 1852 - Maitland

Rose Hill Farm -Millfield. 320 acre far sold to John McDougall. Near the Rising Sun Inn, Wollombi

Rosemount - Estate of John Larnach 6 miles from Singleton

Rosemount Cottage - Situated in Bourke Street West Maitland

Rose Tree Hill - early name for Bennetts Green

Roslyn Castle
- Raymond Terrace - House of Michael Henderson. Adjoined the Irrawang estate. House built at vast expense being a double pavilioned roofed mansion. Later purchased by the Bishop of Newcastle.

Roseneath - Day Street Maitland. Formerly the Queen Victoria Inn built by Samuel Clift

Rossett - Early name for Charles Boydell's Camyr Allyn estate

Rothbury - After a village near Morpeth, England.[46] Situated in Co. of Northumberland; bounded on the N. by Belford; W. by Ovingham and E. by Black creek. Singleton district

Rouchel named by Peter McIntyre of Segenhoe after a place in Perthshire, Scotland where it is spelled Ruchil but pronounced rouchel. It means red water [46]

Rouchel brook - An eastern tributary of the Upper Hunter, fed by Davis and Dry Creeks. Falls into the main stream about 6 miles NW of Aberdeen.

Roughit - Singleton district. So called because the early settlers had to rough it [46]

Rous Lench - part of the Edinglassie estate

Rowan - A parish in the co. of Durham bounded on the N. by Sandy Creek; S. by Muswellbrook; and W. by the River Hunter

Roxburgh - After a place in Scotland, the home town of the wife of Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of N.S.W.

Royal (Mount Royal) - A mountain situated in Co. of Durham; from this mountain the Allyn and Paterson rivers take their rise

Runnimede - property belonging to John Terry Hughes on Erina Creek

Rushholme - John Cobb. Situated on Munnimbah Brook - see Dangar's Map[29]

Russell - A parish in the Co. of Durham bounded N. and W. by the Hunter River and S. by Sandy Creek

Rutherford - After George Shaw Rutherford early settler

Ryhope - West of Awaba area. Named after a place in Durham, England [46]