Hands up who in Melbourne knows where Travancore is? Some of you will. Most people would not but they will know where Essendon is. Travancore is a housing estate in the Essendon area and it has, recently I think, become a recognised place in our Melways street directory. (Actually, it was marked as such in my 1993 directory but not my 1978.
In its midst is a tram depot, surrounded by streets such as Bengal Street, Madura Street, Lucknow Street, Delhi Court and Delhi Reserve, Mooltan Street and Mangalore Street.
So where does Travancore fit into the Indian place named streets? It was a Raj time name for the area or state known as Kerala in India. (not geographically precisely correct)
I have seen other spellings of Travancore. Perhaps Travencore, or Travancor, or Travencor. Can't remember now.
There are so many of these estate names being used now in Melbourne, much to glee of real estate agents who point out their exclusiveness and use them to their advantage.
We have lived in two of them although we never used the names. Bennettswood (Burwood) and Summer Hill Estate (Glen Iris).
Just as trivia, our Glen Iris house had a covenant on the title to the effect that we weren't allowed to make bricks on the property. We really had no intention of doing so and sandy loam does not a good brick make.