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Ennever & Enever family history & ancestry. Click here to return to the home page WJ Ennever (1869-1947). From the portrait by J Seymour R.A., exhibited in the Royal Academy.

Ennever Street, Bardon, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Ennever Street, Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A view of Ennever Street.
A view of Ennever Street

Ennever Street is in a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and was formerly known as First Avenue.  It was re-named in March 1939 as part of a programme to replace duplicate street names in the town.  The information that a local historical society1 were able to provide is that the Ennever concerned was a Victorian (as in the State of Victoria) pioneer but it is not known why Brisbane in Queensland would wish to re-name a street after another state's pioneer.  The Brisbane History Society identified the following as a possible origin of the name:

A Biographical Register 1788-1939: Notes from the NameIndex of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol I (A-K), 1987,compiled by HJ Gibney & Ann G Smith, p 211.
A Biographical Register 1788-1939: Notes from the NameIndex of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol I (A-K), 1987,compiled by HJ Gibney & Ann G Smith, p 211.

There is an entry relating to a Robert George Ennever in A Biographical Register 1788-1939: Notes from the Name Index of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol I (A-K), 1987, compiled by HJ Gibney & Ann G Smith, p 211. The abbreviation “WWA (IPS)* 1935 (port.)” at the foot of the entry means that the source of the article was Who’s Who in Australia, 1935 (International Press Service Association, Melbourne) and that the item in that publication contains a portrait. The other reference, “dr”, means “information from death registration”.

Robert can be found here and was the co-founder of Ennever and Appleton, Confectioners with his step-brother, William Charles Appleton, and while it had its origins in Geelong, Victoria the business was soon moved to Sydney, NSW.  The history of the confectionery business can be found here.

The very helpful Brisbane City Council 2 confirmed the original name of the street and that it was re-named in about 1939 but are unable to identify who it commemorates:

A view of Ennever Street.
A view of Ennever Street
Our street naming records for that period are not complete, as more importance was placed on when the change was made, rather than why the name was chosen. I can find no records relating to why the name Ennever was chosen. In general, street names chosen in this period were selected from prominent citizens, Members of Parliament past and present and, in some cases, English Members of Parliament or prominent citizens. In this instance, it seems the name was chosen after a prominent person and as there is no record of an Ennever serving in Queensland Parliament or Local Government, that it was named after a prominent English citizen. Unfortunately, in the absence of any official record there is no way to confirm this.
A view of Ennever Street.
A view of Ennever Street

It is probable that the Ennever was in fact Robert as the biography indicates he first settled in Melbourne, Victoria where we know he started his business. He later moved to Sydney, New South Wales where the Ennever & Appleton business became established and Robert George became a respected member of the business community. As Robert George had no links to Queensland it is also possible that the Ennever referred to is William Joseph Ennever founder of The Pelman Institute which had offices throughout the world, and his Australian office was again in Victoria. It is somewhat surprising though that Brisbane celebrates a pioneer who had no connection with their state!


Sources

1 Brisbane History Group
2 Brisbane City Council
3 Claire's mum (pictures of the street)

 

If you have any information about the origin of Ennever Street I would be delighted to hear from you.

Author:  Barry Ennever

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