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Origins of Canberra Suburb and Street Names

Canberra’s suburb and street names present an interesting mosaic of Australia’s local and national high achievers, its geography, heritage and history. Some of the people commemorated are well known, whilst others made their mark as quiet achievers. Our Indigenous heritage, Australian geography and history are all drawn together and reflected in the National Capital’s place names.

In 1927 the Canberra National Memorials Committee in a Report to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on the Naming of Canberra’s Streets and Suburbs proposed that street names in Canberra’s suburbs follow a theme. This structure has been followed to this day and is one of the oldest policies in the ACT.


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