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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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emd 12:58 pm 15 Apr 12

It should be a painting of a giant condor, not a sculpture, for Conder.
Maybe Banksy could be commissioned to do an artwork of a bank building on the river bank, with Joseph Banks beside it doing a botanical drawing, for Banks.

astrojax 7:23 am 15 Apr 12

Ben_Dover said :

Chop71 said :

Downer?

Total.

i was thinking a giant pair of fishnets…

rosyboa said :

The Holt sign will mysteriously go missing…

brilliant comment!! 🙂

Ben_Dover 10:14 am 14 Apr 12

Oh man, it may take a bit of effort with my printer, but for the Bruce sign;

“Stanley Melbourne Bruce; “It’s hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum in here, your Majesty,” he once said. He was head of logical positivism, in charge of the sheep dip, and didn’t like stuck-up sticky-beaks. His catchphrase was; “No Poofters!!”

rosyboa 9:50 am 14 Apr 12

johnboy said :

But they could get a chinese submarine as public art?

Yes! Please!

rosyboa 9:46 am 14 Apr 12

The Holt sign will mysteriously go missing…

2620watcher 10:34 pm 13 Apr 12

Going to be a bit harder to fix the Cook sign when it invariably gets defaced. Looks like it will take more than a paint brush and some mission brown!

c_c 7:28 pm 13 Apr 12

Darkfalz said :

Charnwood – a joint production of Centrelink and DHCS.

With commercial consideration by McDonalds.

Darkfalz 7:17 pm 13 Apr 12

Charnwood – a joint production of Centrelink and DHCS.

Darkfalz 7:13 pm 13 Apr 12

It’s sad really – when I look at something like that, I see a big grafitti magnet. When I looked at the new bus shelters, I saw vandalism magnets. Sure enough, it didn’t take the local lowlifes long to start busting them up “for fun”.

It’s sad that we live in a society where the LCD are quite happy to destroy any attempts to “beautify” the banal just for something to do. Makes me wonder what the point is.

Lazy I 7:00 pm 13 Apr 12

OverLord said :

What about for us in Bonner?

They could re-appropriate the ‘owl’ statue.

Ben_Dover 6:46 pm 13 Apr 12

Chop71 said :

Downer?

Total.

I-filed 6:39 pm 13 Apr 12

What sort of pill would they use for Downer?

Jethro 6:26 pm 13 Apr 12

screaming banshee said :

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

JB did you bold the letter O in that post?

Jethro 6:24 pm 13 Apr 12

screaming banshee said :

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”?

It’s not appropriate for Chris Bourke to work on a Sunday, presumably

I just want to know how a dead person celebrates their birthday?

Surely, the correct phrasing would be, “whose birthday was celebrated on…”

Pork Hunt 6:22 pm 13 Apr 12

I hope they put a golden rivet(t) into the Rivett sign. Navy types will know what it means…tee hee hee

Pork Hunt 6:20 pm 13 Apr 12

SnapperJack said :

screaming banshee said :

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

No doubt they’ll again leave out the bit about him dying of syphilis.

“Grand dad, You don’t die from syphilis”
“You do if you give it to me” – Rodney Rude

poetix 5:45 pm 13 Apr 12

An Irish conman for O’Connor?

c_c 5:44 pm 13 Apr 12

Hate to think what the sign/statue would look like had Wilson Turkey gotten a suburb named after him.

screaming banshee 5:39 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”?

It’s not appropriate for Chris Bourke to work on a Sunday, presumably

PantsMan 4:40 pm 13 Apr 12

dph said :

Crace could have large mural painted. A young family, up to their eyeballs in debt because they had to have the latest flat screen TV, Holden Senator & the extravagant living room set, courtesy of Harvey Norman’s no payment, interest free 12 month offer.

They could also have a bunch of real estate agents in the background, laughing together, as they swim in the large tank of money.

The mural could then be rendered by some dodgy buildlers, only for the rendering the crack & show signs of water damage six months later.

They should just put the “Banks” sign out in Crace.

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