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New suburb signs rolling out

By johnboy - 13 April 2012 54

suburb signage and Chris Bourke

Chris Bourke has literally unveiled the first of 16 new suburb signs for the Centenary.

The new sign at Bruce is the first in the series, which will see signs installed in Barton, Curtin, Forde, Page, Deakin, Holt, Reid, Chifley, Fadden, Hughes, Scullin, Cook, Fisher, Lyons and Watson, in the lead-up to the Centenary of Canberra in 2013.

Dr Bourke said the signs, which would feature a short biography and photograph, are an ideal way to recognise and celebrate the heritage of Canberra’s suburbs.

“Our system in the national capital, of naming streets and suburbs after notable Australians, is unique, and I have no doubt that many Canberrans mention these place names every day without being aware of the stories behind them,” said Dr Bourke.

“The Centenary of Canberra offers a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of this intriguing aspect of our city, and to remind commuters of the contribution of these many well-known – and less well-known – Australians, who have contributed to our country’s success.

“For example, today it’s appropriate this first new sign to be revealed is in Bruce – which is named after the Right Honourable Viscount Stanley Bruce, who celebrated his birthday on the 15th of April.

“Born in 1883, Stanley Bruce was serving as the 8th Prime Minister of Australia when the momentous decision was made to move the seat of government from Melbourne to Canberra.

“He had particularly strong links to Canberra – he was the first Chancellor of the Australian National University, and following his death in 1967, his ashes were scattered on Lake Burley Griffin.

“It’s my great pleasure to reveal this first sign, and I encourage all residents and visitors to take the opportunity to pause and learn a little more about the iconic Australian Prime Ministers behind these suburb names, as the remaining 15 signs are installed throughout 2012,” Dr Bourke said.

[Photo courtesy of Lannon Harley/TAMS]

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New suburb signs rolling out
Diggety 3:54 pm 13 Apr 12

arescarti42 said :

I wonder how long until someone defaces the new Cook sign by modifying the third ‘o’.

Didn’t know it had one.

I like the suburb signs, but I bet they paid about 10 x the norm for them.

Blen_Carmichael 3:53 pm 13 Apr 12

Perhaps Latham could qualify for a booby prize sign?

Reprobate 3:40 pm 13 Apr 12

I like the new signs, and am looking forward to visiting Page to find out more about the legendary founder of Led Zeppelin.

astrojax 3:36 pm 13 Apr 12

Spectra said :

For example, today it’s appropriate this first new sign to be revealed is in Bruce – which is named after the Right Honourable Viscount Stanley Bruce, who celebrated his birthday on the 15th of April.

How does unveiling it two days before his birthday make it “appropriate”?

maybe he ‘celebrated’ his birthday two days after it happened..? no, i agree, how is it ‘appropriate’?

and a sculpture of someone doing a flash at gordon? a sculpture of someone fitter at turner? a huge dagger at charnwood? a big funny hat and a hob at cook? can we stop now…

astrojax 3:32 pm 13 Apr 12

shirty_bear said :

trevar said :

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

We’ll take a sculpture of a Harley in Wanniassa…

A yard glass for Scullin’

i wonder what they’ll put the dick[s] on..? 🙂

New Yeah 3:27 pm 13 Apr 12

OverLord said :

shirty_bear said :

trevar said :

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

We’ll take a sculpture of a Harley in Wanniassa…

A yard glass for Scullin’

What about for us in Bonner?

I think Bonner deserves a giant statue of a Booner

GardeningGirl 3:06 pm 13 Apr 12

shirty_bear said :

trevar said :

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

We’ll take a sculpture of a Harley in Wanniassa…

A yard glass for Scullin’

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

And a battered out Falcon for the suburb of Ford(e).

or is that a sculpture of the Millenium Falcon halfway between Harrison and Forde?

LOL, loving the suggestions!

OverLord 3:02 pm 13 Apr 12

shirty_bear said :

trevar said :

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

We’ll take a sculpture of a Harley in Wanniassa…

A yard glass for Scullin’

What about for us in Bonner?

Spectra 3:01 pm 13 Apr 12

For example, today it’s appropriate this first new sign to be revealed is in Bruce – which is named after the Right Honourable Viscount Stanley Bruce, who celebrated his birthday on the 15th of April.

How does unveiling it two days before his birthday make it “appropriate”?

chewy14 3:00 pm 13 Apr 12

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

And a battered out Falcon for the suburb of Ford(e).

or is that a sculpture of the Millenium Falcon halfway between Harrison and Forde?

arescarti42 2:59 pm 13 Apr 12

I wonder how long until someone defaces the new Cook sign by modifying the third ‘o’.

shirty_bear 2:58 pm 13 Apr 12

trevar said :

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

We’ll take a sculpture of a Harley in Wanniassa…

A yard glass for Scullin’

trevar 2:51 pm 13 Apr 12

johnboy said :

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

We’ll take a sculpture of a Harley in Wanniassa…

johnboy 2:46 pm 13 Apr 12

a giant sculpture of a condor over conder would be awesome.

screaming banshee 2:38 pm 13 Apr 12

My fingers are crossed that they’ll put up a sign for Condor soon

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