Canberra honours Shakespeares

Barcham 9 May 2013

Heather and Arthur Shakespeare have a square named after them. Opened today by Andrew Barr the square is meant to honor the commitment the Shakespeare family have made to the Canberra community.

The Square, located in City West, was renewed as part of the Government’s City Improvement Program, with the backing and support of Canberra CBD Limited (CCBD).

CCBD’s Chairman Emmanuel Notaras expressed his delight at the opening.

“Canberra CBD Limited’s purpose is to contribute to projects that are over and above the government’s obligations and to run promotional and community events that bring more people into the city and eventually improve the prosperity of property owners and traders,” Mr Notaras said.

“The opening of the Heather and Arthur Shakespeare Square is a great example of the projects that we invest in. If we hadn’t made the investment, the upgrade of this section of London Circuit would be several years away.”

Arthur Shakespeare, the founding editor of the Canberra Times, served on the executive of more than 40 organisations including the ACT Advisory Council, ACT Scouts and the Canberra and District Historical Society.

Heather joined the Canberra Times in 1929, where she remained for 33 years in varying roles including Company Secretary. Also an active member in the Canberra community, she was one of the founding members of the Canberra and District Historical Society and the Patron of the Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting.

Minister Barr was joined by Mr Emmanuel Notaras, Chairman of Canberra CBD Limited, descendants of the Shakespeares and members of Scouts ACT at the opening of the Square.

The Square is located at 15 London Circuit, City West and is now open for all members of the public to enjoy.

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