To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, Marion Scott is posting factoids about our rich history on her historical blog, Richmond Heritage. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known. Here is the latest factoid:
Factoid #2. The settlement was to be administered from the village of Richmond a “planned” community. In 1818 the British military used the same template it had used for Perth – a rectangular grid of perpendicular streets superimposed on the landscape. The template included a river running diagonally across the grid. The military decided that the “centre” of the village should be the block bordered by Cockburn St. on the west and the river on the south. Here they built a depot to distribute supplies to the settlers and a school.