Roslyn Estate Preston

Murray Road

During the late 1880s Melbourne experienced a land boom with numerous developers and speculators offering land for sale. The promise of a railway line in the Preston area encouraged subdivisions of land and plenty of optimism. In 1888 there were at least 25 different estates on the market in the Preston area.

Advertising describes land on the Roslyn Estate as being ‘the finest land in the district’ and free tramway tickets were offered to entice buyers from the city. However, the optimism of the many developers wasn’t founded and the Roslyn Estate was one of a few planned subdivisions that was abandoned and the streets drawn on the plans were never built. The land was re-subdivided many years later with a new street pattern.

Carroll, Brian & Rule, Ian (1985). Preston: an Illustrated History. Preston: City of Preston.
Mercury and Weekly Courier (Vic. : 1878 - 1903), Friday 31 August 1888, page 2 Plan of the Roslyn Estate, Preston [cartographic material]. 1888. State Library of Victoria. Available online.