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Belconnen suburbs

Their names and the origin of their names


Name Location Origin of name
Fraser North James (Jim Fraser-Member of the ACT Advisory Council, 1949-51; MHR for the ACT, 1951-70; Vice-Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the ACT, 1957-70.
Dunlop North West War hero of the Burma railway Edward "Weary" Dunlop
Macgregor North West WILLIAM MACGREGOR GCMG; CB; Governor of Queensland, 1909-14; first Chancellor of the University of Queensland, 1911
Holt West Prime Minister Harold Holt 1966 to 1967
Latham West Chief Justice of the High Court, John Latham
Charnwood North West A former homestead in the Belconnen District; Henry Hall obtained a grant of 3492 acres of land which he named `Charnwood', 1833; named after the Forest of Charnwood in England
Flynn North West Presbyterian Minister John Flynn who set up the Flying Doctor Service for Outback Australia
Spence North West Prominent Labour Leader; `Father' of the Australian Workers' Union; Member, first House of Representatives 1901; Postmaster-General 1914-15; Vice-President Executive Council, 1916-17
Higgins West Henry Bournes Higgins- Origin: Legislator and lawyer; won seat of Geelong, 1894, and attended as Member of Federal Convention, 1897-98; Attorney-General, 1904; Justice of High Court, 1906-29; famous for his ruling which established the principle of a basic wage
Scullin Central James Scullin-Prime Minister, 1929-31; MHR for Corangamite, Victoria, 1910-13; MHR for Yarra, Victoria, 1922-49; Leader, Federal Labor Party, 1928-35.
Melba Central North Dame Nellie Melba -Opera singer
Florey Central Howard Florey-scientist; shared Nobel Prize for work in Penicillin research, 1945; awarded Rockefeller Travelling Scholarship to the USA, 1925; Professor of Pathology, Sheffield University, England, 1931-35; President of the Royal Society, 1960-65; Chancellor, Australian National University, 1965-68
Page Central Earle Page-Short term Prime Minister and former leader of the Country Party (now National Party)
Weetangara South Central After the property "Spring Vale", which in turn had been given a name of Aboriginal origin (it is also called Weetangerra and Weetangara in early documents).
Hawker South Central Charles Hawker-Soldier, pastoralist and politician.
Evatt North Central Herbert Evatt-Judge and politician, leader of Federal ALP 1951 to 1960 and President of the United Nations General Assembly 1948.
McKellar North Central Geral McKellar-Politician, Senator and Commonwealth Minister
Belconnen Town Centre Central Name associated with the locality since the days of the early settlers. The name is taken from a land grant made in 1837 to the explorer Captain Charles Sturt in the area.
Macquarie South Lachlan Macquarie-Governor of New South Wales, 1810-21; in his term in office, he encouraged exploration and constructed 276 miles of public roads.
Cook South East Captain James Cook-Navigator and explorer, discovered East Coast of Australia 1n 1770
Giralang North East From the language of the Wiradhuri tribe of the central west of New South Wales, meaning `star'.
Lawson Central East Henry Lawson-Short story writer and poet. (Suburb yet to be developed, currently the site of the Australian Naval Radio Station)
Kaleen North East From the language of the Wiradhuri tribe of the central-west of New South Wales, meaning `water'.
Bruce Cenral East Stanley Bruce-Former Prime Minister of Australia and member of the British War Cabinet in the second world war
Aranda South East Name of aboriginal tribe of Central Australia, sometimes known as Arunta. Arunta means white cockatoo (a.w. reed)

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