Australia is nearly 230 years but the presence of Russians in Australia (from the first wave) can be estimated only at 100. And even so the number of Russian immigrants in Australia is very small (more like tiny) to the total population of Australia, our people managed to leave a lasting impression on many Australians who decided to name quiet few places and streets by using the names of Russian immigrants.
Here is a summary of Australians streets with Russian names/surnames and the places linked to presence of Russians in Australia:
1.Miklouho-Maclay Park (Sydney)
This unofficial park is located at the end (unconstructed section) of Grove Street, Birchgrove running from the western end of Wharf Road to the wall bordering the waters of Snails Bay. On 3 April 1996, the Miklouho-Maclay Anniversary Committee wrote to Leichhardt Council asking them to consider naming an unnamed park as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Miklouho-Maclay’s birth.
The Miklouho-Maclay Society succeeded in naming a park in his honour in Snails Bay (Birchgrove), not far from a house where he lived in Sydney for a time.
2.Malakhoff street at Marrickville, Sydney
Malakoff Street is named after Malakoff Towers which was a house built by Frenchman Michel Thomas Despointes ‘who migrated to Sydney in 1839 and died at Malakoff Towers in 1865. It was later owned by William Dolman who was Mayor of Newtown twice; in 1901 the house became Good Samaritan Convent. Presumably it was named after the Battle of Malakoff in 1855 which was part of the Crimea War. (confirmed by Marrickville Heritage Society)
3.Tania Park, Balgowlah Heights , Sydney is named after Tania Verstak, a winner of the “Miss International” beauty pageant, who was brought up locally. https://vremya.com.au/2017/02/28/miss_aus270217/
4.Wadim (Bill) Jegorow Reserve, Ramsay and Cove Streets, Haberfield, Sydney named after Wadim (Bill) Jegorow recipient of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1998. http://www.russiansinaustralia.org.au/en/roll-of-honour/vadim-sergeevich-egorov/
5. Alexander Egoroff reserve (named after Russian ANZAC -more here)
Many streets in Balaclava suburb of Melbourne and its vicinity are named after Crimean War battles; e.g., the Battle of Balaclava (Balaclava Road), the Battle of Inkerman (Inkerman Road), the Siege of Sevastopol (Sebastopol Street), the Battle of the Alma River (Alma Road), the Battle of the Great Redan (Redan Street) and the Battle of Malakoff (Malakoff Street). One street, Crimea Street, is named after the war itself.
5.Koslow Street, Warralily, Armstrong Creek, near Geelong, south of Melbourne
Tihon and Maria Koslow were of Russian-Ukranian decent. The Koslow family owned land on the corner of Barwon Heads Road and Carter Road.
1.Russian Club Road, Thangool
Russian was the most commonly spoken language in the area of Thangool in early 1920s. Many Russians and Ukrainians settled in this area and built a Russian Club. The club ceased to exist in 1948 when the majority of Russian immigrants left the area. The road where the club was is officially called Russian Club Road.
2.Russian Gully (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
3.Dudarko Road (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
4.Murarenko bridge (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
5.Dmitriev street (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
6.Strenekoff’s Crater (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
7.Balias Creek Bridge (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
8.Gadaloff Road (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
9.Illin’s Gully (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
10.Homenko’s Crater (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
11. Lamins Hill (from book by Elena Govor ” My dark brother”)
1.Leonore Avenue, Kensington Gardens
Named after Leonora Krantz, wife of a pianist Jascha Spivakovsky. Leonora was the only child of Hirsch and Rosa Krantz who were the second owners of Albyn House which was a large grand house built nearby in 1885 for William Taylor on an estate of 15 acres. Hirsch Krantz, a Russian Jew from Odessa, bought the house in 1900. He was a successful business man, eventually became a millionaire from dealings in real estate and the Leonora Gold Mine in WA which was named after his daughter Leonora.
2.The nearby Roslind Street commemorates the name of Hirsch Krantz’s wife.
6.Long John’s road (after Ivan Ivanetz)
8.Zimin drive (near Katherine, Northern Territory)
Named after a number of ex-Cossack Officers who settled on farms and grew peanuts in the area following the Russian Revolution.
9. Dejulia’s creek
10. Dejulia court
Andrei Dejulia arrived to Australia in 1924 and worked in Tully and then Katherine from 1927. Was killed in bombing of Darwin in 1942.
11. Gory Road (learn more about Alex Gory here)
Crimean war effect
The Crimean war left a noticeable impact in the Australian geography. During the War Australia was literally flooded by the Russian names as new territories were developed, new gold mines opened and new streets built. There are the towns of Alma and Balaklava in South Australia, Sebastopol – in NSW, an Alma lake in South Australia.
Queensland is also rich of Crimean names: there are at least eight towns, rivers and mountains named Alma there. There also Inkerman, Balaklava, Malakhoff Range.
For example, the Eastern part of the St Kilda suburb in Melbourne are crossed by three major arteries – Balaklava, Inkerman and Alma, and between them there are the Odessa, Crimea, two more Alma, Sebastopol Malakhoff streets and the Alma park. In the adjacent suburb of Caulifield there are the Sebastopol, Malakhoff and Crimea streets. Similar bundles of the Russian names may be found in other suburbs of Melbourne. Some towns and streets carry names of commanders of the Allied troops which fought in Crimea – Saint Arnaud (French General), raglan (commander of the Allied troops who died of cholera during the war)< Cardigan (commander of the infamous Light Cavalry Brigade which suffered heavy losses from the Russian artillery during a mindless frontal attack). Soon after the war an English traveler Charles Dilk found that knowing the main events of the Crimean War one can trace the sequence of settling in Victoria: «Saint Arnaud—is a town between Ballarat and Castlemain, Alma is nearby, whilst the Balaklava Hill is near Ballarat, where there are also raglan and Sebastopol. Inkerman is not far from Castlemain, the Malakhoff mine, discovered undoubtedly by the end of the war lies to the north…” It is noteworthy that late in the XIX century during the gold rush in Western Australia many gold diggers and miners cane to the new places from Victoria. Here they called some new diggings and mines with the “Crimean” names.