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Street sign project honours the spirit of the Anzacs

A NEW series of commemorative Anzac street signs is being rolled out across Brisbane suburbs this week, as part of an ongoing initiative to recognise Brisbane's war history.

Among the 63 new signs installed during round 4 of the Streets of Remembrance project are Hunter Lane in Bald Hills, Marathon Street in Aspley and Wiltshire Street in Brighton.

Infrastructure chairman Cr Amanda Cooper (Bracken Ridge Ward) said Council continued to install the symbolic signs, which feature the Rising Sun badge, to mark the spirit of Anzac in Brisbane.

"The Streets of Remembrance project honours the city's armed forces by installing Rising Sun badges on streets that share the same name as places, people or events that are significant to World War I where the Anzac tradition began," Cr Cooper said.

"The badges are installed each year on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, with this year's project also including the Royal Australian Navy badge for the first time.

"This round will see the Rising Sun and Royal Australian Navy badges installed on a further 186 street signs throughout Brisbane which have historical significance to World War I such as battles, hospitals, vessels, generals and cemeteries."

Significance of street names

* Hunter Lane: General Sir Archibald Hunter (1856-1936) was a General in the British Army who first distinguished himself during the Boer War where he worked alongside Kitchener. From 1910-13 he was Governor of Gibraltar and in 1914 became the General Officer commanding 13th (Western) Division. He served in WWI as Commander of the 3rd Army and then was made General Officer, Commanding Aldershot Training Centre and later Aldershot Command.

* Marathon Street: HMAT A74 Marathon was one of His Majesty's Australian Transports (HMAT) ships. It was owned by G Thompson & Co Ltd, London and the Commonwealth Government leased it until July 28, 1917 to transport AIF formations to their respective overseas destinations. It weighed 7827 tons with an average cruise speed of 16 knots or 29.63kmh.

* Wiltshire Street: HMAT A18 Wiltshire was another HMAT ship which the Commonwealth Government leased from Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd, London until October 2, 1917. It weighed 10,390 tonnes with an average cruise speed of 13.5 knots or 25kmh.

During this round of installations for Anzac Day, the Rising Sun badge features on 19 street sign names and the Royal Australian Navy badge features on 15 street sign names in 63 locations.

Cr Cooper said the Streets of Remembrance program began in 2015 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

"Council has already installed badges on 318 signs recognising 50 street names at 80 locations across the city to recognise our armed forces, in addition to our year-round preservation of Brisbane's suburban war memorials," she said.

"A map of all Streets of Remembrance locations and historical research about each street name is available on Council's website and I encourage all residents to take a look and learn more about Brisbane's rich history.

"Residents can nominate street names for future rounds of the Streets of Remembrance project which they believe to have historical significance to World War I such as battles, campaigns, hospitals, vessels, Victoria Cross recipients and cemeteries.

"I thank all of the residents who have taken part in the program so far by recommending Streets of Remembrance locations."

For more information about Council's Streets of Remembrance project visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.

Topics:  anzac day 2017 royal australian navy world war i


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