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Multigenerational Lobban businesses

I have so far found three Lobban businesses that have been passed down several generations and been in existence for some hundred years. They are all mentioned in the family accounts on the Diaspora pages. The links below are to the businesses’ websites, if any.

Lobban McNally Lawyers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, established 1898

Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, West Virginia, USA, established 1900  (There is also a Lobban Floral in Alderson, est. 1988.)

and, I think this flower shop was started by James Lobban in the 1920s or later, but no further info; it was still there when I was around Vancouver in the 1970s:
Lobban’s Flower Shop, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Lobban/Loban name on streets around the world

A number of Lobbans and Lobans have been commemorated with street names in the places they lived. So far we have found these (list started by Gordon Lobban, continued by Chris S Lobban).  If any of the descendants can tell us the stories of who exactly these streets are named for and why, we would be delighted to include it. For most, we have at best been able only to infer which immigrant family they might relate to.


  • Lobban Avenue, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, England, NE31 2LL
    (Named for Rev. Alexander Lobban [1874–1903], who for 21 years was minister of the Presbyterian church there, serving an expat community of Scottish shipbuilders. Story; and see Emigrants to EnglandTree.)
Lobban Ave., Hebburn, courtesy of James Goring.
Info posted by BJC via Old Tyneside group, Alexander’s dates are, of course, his ministry, not his life.


  • Lobban Avenue, Chatham, Miramichi, New Brunswick.
    Appears in Google Earth but not in Canada Post Code search.
    When William Loban (1786–1882, m. Mary Bryant) , son of  Thomas Loban (1757–1817, m. Jane Brown), died without a will, the children had a government surveyor  lay out a right of way across the middle of the property (Lot 37) and subdivided it into 60 x 150-foot lots, which they sold. The right-of-way was named after the family. [Information from William’s great grandson, David Lobban.] However, the descendants’ names were inconsistently spelled in the Census records with b or bb; in the 1921 Census it was Loban. (See Emigrants to Canada; tree.)
Lobban Ave., Chatham, NB; source Google Maps


  • Lobban Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia
    Appears in Google Earth but not in Canada Post Code search.


  • Lobban Lake, Saskatchewan; 59.68345°N, 109.5841°W
    (A small lake north of Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan, just below the  Arctic Circle.)
Location of Lobban Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Source: Wikipedia.


  • South Lobban Avenue, Buffalo, Wyoming, 83834
  • North Lobban Avenue, Buffalo, Wyoming, 83834
  • Lobban Road, Hulett, Wyoming, 82720


  • Lobban Street, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
    (Probably commemorates Gabriel Alexander Lobban [1839–1926] or one his descendants, perhaps Ida Lewis Lobban [1864-1955], born in Warrensburg, the mother of tycoon Everett Lobban Cord.  Tree.)


  • Lobban Lane, Wichita Falls, Texas 76306
    (Probably named after James Thomas Lobban [1885-1958], died in Wichita Falls or one of his descendants. He appears in dillichick’s family tree on (see also this Ancestry message thread), along with his father, Henry Clay Lobban [1857–1892], born in Silvercreek TWP, Randolph County, Missouri. They are descendants of John Lobban [1734-1822] of Virginia.)


  • South Loban Avenue, Colman, South Dakota, 57017
  • North Loban Avenue, Colman, South Dakota, 57017
    (These avenues probably commemorate Irving Andrew Loban [1882–1953], or one of his descendants, who lived in Brookings, SD and other places near Colman. Tree.)


  • Loban Street, Thursday Island, Queensland 4875
  • Loban Lane, Yarrabah, Queensland 4871  (near Cairns)
  • Loban Court, Ngunnawal, Australian Capital Territory 2913
    (These three probably all commemorate the Torres Straits Islander Ted Loban — see Public Eye page)

Lobban Street, Bethanga, Victoria 3691
(Probably commemorates Kenneth Lobban [1818–1895], pioneer in the Yackandandah area, or his son James Lobban [1852-1935]. who settled and died in Springdale, Bethanga. Tree.)

  • Lobban Road, Wingham, New South Wales 2429
    (The picturesque town of Wingham on the Manning River in NSW has a road leading down to a low-level river crossing which in turn leads to the old Lobban property on the opposite side of the river. The road is called Lobban Road.” Commemorates Alexander Lobban [1802–1876], pioneer in New South Wales, who died in Wingham. –Confirmed by Ross Murray.  Tree.)


  • Lobban Road, Monash, South Australia 5342
  • Lobbans Road, Mount Light, South Australia 5271
  • Lobban Court, Highland Park, Gold Coast, Queensland 4211

Lobban name on Mars

NASA collected the names of 2.4 million people, which were etched into two tiny chips placed on the InSight rover.  One chip contains 1.6 million names submitted by the public to ride along with InSight to Mars; one of those is Gordon Lobban, founder of   Engineers put the names onto these 0.3 in / 8 mm square silicon wafer microchips using an electron beam. The extremely tiny letters have lines smaller than one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. The coin-sized chips are stuck to the InSight lander deck and will remain on Mars forever. (Story)   Future genealogists will need an electron microscope to read that passenger manifest!

Gordon’s “boarding card” for the InSight probe to Mars.


NASA Tweeted this to the vicarious travelers on 6 Dec. 2018


Winston Churchill’s dogs

From the Daily Mail, 18 Dec 2014: Bella Lobban ran the Duke Street Kennels in London that looked after Rufus II whenever Churchill was absent. The article show a series of letters from Churchill to Miss Lobban over a number of years, often thanking her for some little present for the dog she sent on Churchill’s birthday. The Daily Mail ran the story because the series of letters had come up for sale at auction by a private collector via Nate D Sanders Auctioneers in Los Angeles; they sold for £8,186.
The Peter Harrington catalogue, shows that Churchill presented Bella with the six volumes of his history, The Second World War, as they were published, each inscribed to her and some with sketches of Rufus II. “An unusual association, reflecting Churchill’s love of his pets, and his loyalty and affection for those who worked for him. Bella Lobban had the books bound herself on completion of the set.” The set was priced at £25,000.
We have been unable to find any genealogical information on Bella, even in the 1939 Register. Her kennels had supplied Rufus I before the war, and Rufus II died in 1962; the last letter from Churchill was dated 1961.
[Additional source: Piers Brendon 2019, in Lapham’s Quarterly, “Winston’s closest confidant,” an excerpt from his book Churchill’s Menagerie.]


Page created by Gordon Lobban and Christopher S Lobban, 17 Dec. 2018, updated 7 Mar. 2020.