The attractive and leafy suburb of Kingsland has changed very little since it was first developed in the period 1880 to 1900. The residents are still drawn largely from the same professional groups as in Victorian times, namely education, the law, medicine and business. All the houses remain and are in good condition. Many of the trees and large gardens laid out by the Victorians and Edwardians continue. There has been little infilling, and no commercialisation. The position of the suburb, the influence of its residents, the presence of a successful public school, together with its designation as a Conservation area, have combined so far to prevent “suburban-blight”. As a consequence, Kingsland continues to be a pleasant area to walk in and a desirable area to live in. Hopefully, this will continue.


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For the occasional reader who wishes to read original sources, a few specific references are numbered in the text and details of these are given below.

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