Alby (John) South - a new plaque

For more than 30 years Alby fought to keep Kensington on the map. He was actively involved in community life as a KRA member, keen historian and Councillor for Kensington Ward. Alby was instrumental in lobbying for the establishment of Borthwick Park in 1985. Without his vision and strong support it is unlikely that Borthwick Park would be here today. In August 2000 a River Red Gum was planted in Borthwick Park, near the creek, to commemorate Alby’s 80th birthday. A plaque was placed at the tree but this faded. With the help of Council, KRA has created a new plaque, this time mounted on stone, to remember this spirited, kind gentleman who has contributed so much to Kensington.


Clean Up Australia Day 2012


Thank you to everyone who made Clean Up Australia Day 2012 a successful day for Kensington.

Membership Renewals Now Due

Please note that 2012 memberships are now due (membership is on a calendar year basis). If you haven't already renewed your membership, or you would like to become a member, please print this PDF and complete and return to 42 Regent Street with the appropriate payment.

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Pioneer Park Planting

After a long wait, it is wonderful to see the start of new plantings in Pioneer Park, the former cemetery in Maesbury Street. The park was formed over 40 years ago and many trees and shrubs have died over the years.  It is great to see Council giving attention and new life to this important historic park.

Kensington remembers Alby South

27-02-1920 to 31-12-2010

It was with great sadness that residents of Kensington farewelled Alby South, our esteemed Honorary Life Member, who passed away on 31st December 2010.

A farewell gathering was held in Borthwick Park on Sunday 23rd January, near the River Red Gum that Alby planted at a ceremony in 2000 to mark his 80th Birthday. The tree is within the area that we planted with locally indigenous species last year, a project that would have had Alby's strong support. It was a beautiful day, and a wonderful gathering of Alby’s many friends and admirers. KRA served refreshments including wine with a commemorative label in honour of Alby South.

A Kensington Citizen

Known by most as Alby, he was a resident of Kensington from the late 1960’s. His concerns for the improvement of Kensington were apparent to many. He was a familiar sight, of diminutive stature with his white beard, often seen planting and maintaining flowers in the nature strips, talking to residents and keeping an eye on Kensington. On a number of occasions he was seen cleaning up and painting over graffiti in Kensington.

Alby always helped other Kensington residents whenever possible and regularly assisted those less fortunate than himself, especially elderly and infirm citizens.



Marryatville High School saved

The KRA was actively involved in lobbying against the recent proposal to build on the front oval of Marryatville High School.  We are now pleased to report that the Minister of Education has decided that the new buildings will be built to the rear of the school grounds.  A victory for aesthetics, heritage, people power and common sense!  Special thanks to Andrew Dyson for coordinating community responses to this proposal.