Strathalbyn accommodation, restaurants, history, things to do
- accommodation, restaurants, things to do
was laid out by Dr John Rankine who arrived in South Australia
on the "Fairfield" in 1839. Much has been written
on the origin of this name and the most authentic would
appear to be in the book They Built Strathalbyn by H.J.
Stowe: Matthew Rankine, who came from Scotland with his
uncle, Dr Rankine, when publishing his memoirs in the Southern
Argus in 1912 said he had written to his aunt in Scotland
who was the doctor's widow. She said strath was Gaelic for
"a valley with a river running through it'', but albyn
was not a Gaelic word. The doctor had been a main shareholder
in the "Albion Iron Mills'' in Glasgow and he wanted
to associate the business with the new settlement he had
created in South Australia, not liking "Strathalbion'',
he made it "Strathalbyn''.