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Street name revoked in Franklin

By nanzan 8 September 2008 29

I recently noticed that Minnie Bruce Street in Franklin has had its name revoked! Going through this street in Franklin on the bus yesterday I noticed yellow sign blades had been erected saying “Formerly Minnie Bruce Street” on all the sign posts, with signs for the new street name – Morris West Street – fixed above.

Has anyone noticed any other Canberra streets having their names changed – and for what reasons?

Does anyone know why this change has occurred? What was wrong with Minnie Bruce that she had to be killed off like that? Interestingly, I thought the original street name theme for Franklin was female writers, but now it seems to be “authors – especially female authors”. Am I just imagining this change or not?


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troll-sniffer 9:51 am 14 Apr 11

To me the practice of ensuring women who are remembered by street names with a double-barrelled name is patronising and in a roundabout way insulting to the women concerned.

EvanJames 9:03 am 14 Apr 11

I read the entire Billabong series when I was young, and never would have guessed that “Minnie Bruce” was in fact Mary Grant Bruce. What a bizarre decision.

I wish they’d re-release the series. Non PC and all that other guff, but it gives us an invaluable snapshot of life and also attitudes prevailing in the Pre and Post WW 1 years in Australia. You can still find the books in 2nd hand bookshops but they cost a fortune.

astrojax 7:21 am 14 Apr 11

Hercsie said :

I don’t know about the street name being revoked, but someone keeps stealing the sign pointing into Corona Place Palmerston.

They must have replaced it 5 times – they haven’t bothered this time though.

Perhaps they should change the spelling so it is not the same as the mexican beer?

sheesh, such narrow thinking – they should rename the beer…

astrojax 7:18 am 14 Apr 11

Primal said :

Stupid damn double-barrelled name streets.

+1 what happened to simply ‘bruce st’ or ‘west st’?

MGB 9:47 pm 13 Apr 11

It was at the request of the Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust that the street name be updated. Whilst it is an indisputable fact that she was christened Minnie Grant Bruce, the author was actually known from birth as “Mary”. This is because her own Mother, who was christened Mary Atkinson Whitakkers, was invariably known as “Minnie”.

Details about the author can be found via her website: http://www.marygrantbruce.com.au/

Unfortunately street naming guidelines do not allow for three names as it is considered to be too cumbersome for residents. As a result the road Minnie Bruce Street was agreed to be degazetted in 2007.

The ACT Planning and Land Authority agreed to attempt to find an appropriate place to recognise Mary Grant Bruce elsewhere within Canberra’s nomenclature.

rosebud 8:23 pm 10 Sep 08

sepi said :

the biggest lost opportunity is KAngaroo Cirt in Nichols – Kangaroo Court would have been cool.

Intersecting with Hicks Drive and Guantanamo Circus (Circus…as in Picadilly…geddit?). Haw haw. (silence)

Bad bad puns I know. (yet more silence)

Sheesh, it’s a tough audience tonight.

Hercsie 5:44 pm 10 Sep 08

I don’t know about the street name being revoked, but someone keeps stealing the sign pointing into Corona Place Palmerston.

They must have replaced it 5 times – they haven’t bothered this time though.

Perhaps they should change the spelling so it is not the same as the mexican beer?

sepi 9:55 pm 09 Sep 08

the biggest lost opportunity is KAngaroo Cirt in Nichols – Kangaroo Court would have been cool.

nanzan 9:46 pm 09 Sep 08

I agree with you 54-11, we ought to do things differently in Canberra, as we do. I think it shows our creativity when we come up with new names every time; it also suggests a sense of history and depth of culture in our nation.

Having said all that, we do find in Canberra still: a University Avenue (Civic and Acton) and a University Drive (Bruce); and, a Haydon Drive (Bruce), Hayden Close (Florey), Heydon Crescent (Evatt) and Heydon Place (Evatt)!

Also, a Crisp Street (Higgins) and a Crisp Circuit (Bruce). However, I am sure they are named after different Crisps!

As an aside, Cook in the ACT may be unique in all of Australia, in that it is named simultaneously after two people called Cook – James and Joseph!!

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