O’Connell Street was part of the 1841-45 subdivision of Governor William Bligh’s 210-acre land grant. Its 12 acres were cut into 48 quarter-acre blocks. Lieutenant-General Maurice O’Connell, son in law to Governor Bligh returned to Sydney in 1845, 25 years after his first arrival. He is said to have lived in the City at the corner of O’Connell and Bent Streets and owned a mansion on Woolloomooloo Hill named Tarmons, yet Percy Gledhill’s 1946 Cemetery book maintains he also had a house on the corner of O’Connell and Prospect Streets in Newtown. His wife Mary, Bligh’s daughter commenced legal action to regain her father’s grants on 20 August 1857.


Oxford Street was formed in Kingston prior to 1863.