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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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Street name revoked in Franklin
Aurelius 4:28 pm 09 Sep 08

JB, The Caroline Chisholm/Henry Parkes note lasted for a few years at the turn of the century. Howard had it canned and replaced with the Parliament/Queen fiver and the “story” was that the Chisholm/Parkes fiver was a “Federation Special”.

johnboy 4:07 pm 09 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

sepi, she was removed because our last PM was a pathetic monarchist.

Pretty sure it happened in the Hawke/Keating years.

Aurelius 4:00 pm 09 Sep 08

From several years living away from Canberra, it seems that one has to have spent some time here to even be conscious of the fact that streets are named after something. People in Brisbane when I was there seem surprised by the concept that some suburbs have ‘themes’ to their names (the streets had similar themes, but the locals were ignorant of the origins).

Primal 3:58 pm 09 Sep 08

sepi said :

I think it is good for young girls growing up to realise that women have achieved a lot through history also. (I’m still cut about Caroline Chisholm being taken off the 5.00 note.)

If the only means young girls have of discovering this fact is via street names and currency then our education system truly is in the crapper.

Aurelius 3:30 pm 09 Sep 08

sepi, she was removed because our last PM was a pathetic monarchist.

sepi 3:23 pm 09 Sep 08

The double barrelled names are pretentious.

But on the other hand, if it were only ‘Bruce St’ most people would assume it was named after a man.

I think it is good for young girls growing up to realise that women have achieved a lot through history also. (I’m still cut about Caroline Chisholm being taken off the 5.00 note.)

rosebud 11:45 am 09 Sep 08

Talk about ejitts, I nearly purchased a block in Franklin based on the street name cause I like Australian womnen authors: Christina Stead street! What an EJITTT!!!! I came to my senses at the very last minute, phew, lucky escape.

Aurelius 10:33 am 09 Sep 08

Jake – coz people can’t handle having two streets named the same in a city of over a hundred suburbs – jeez PALM are eejits! How do you think Sydney-siders cope with so many “George Streets” and the rest??

Primal – I’m with ya – these double-barrel names are stupid and not necessary. Pure wankery.

Wide Boy Jake 10:31 am 09 Sep 08

When Holder Streets were first named in 1972 Spowers Circuit was originally named MacKay St. It was pointed out to the then NCDC that there were at least two other streets with the same name but spelt differently and it would cause confusion. A few years later Spowers Place – which comes off Spowers Circuit – was renamed Sharland Place because too many people were confusing it with Spowers Circuit.

Primal 10:06 am 09 Sep 08

Stupid damn double-barrelled name streets.

Pandy 8:00 am 09 Sep 08

Minnie probably citicised Stanhope………….

Morgan 12:35 am 09 Sep 08

Oops, wrong Minnie Bruce, Mary Grant Bruce 1878-1958 Australian Childrens Author and Journo. What do I know anyway…

Morgan 12:33 am 09 Sep 08

Minnie Bruce seems to be American and living. Don’t people need to be dead do have a street named after them?

Morris West is Australian, a man, and dead.

needlenose 12:11 am 09 Sep 08

I think it’s now Dale Street (formerly Darville Street, formerly Demidenko Street, formerly Darville Street again).

ant 11:53 pm 08 Sep 08

Is there a Demidenko street?!

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