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NP- 221 Name Martha’s Lane in Ballarat East

10 months ago


Council Reference: NP- 221

Name Martha’s Lane in Ballarat East

Ward: Central

The Proposal in Brief

Council has received a request to name an existing road. If implemented, this proposal will assign the name Martha’s Lane to an unnamed road off St Pauls Way in Ballarat East.

Effect on Property Addresses

This proposal will not affect any current addresses but will provide a name for future addressing requirements.

Locality and Details

The road area to be named has the features of a laneway and is situated in Ballarat East off St Pauls Way as shown on the map below and indicated by the green line.


Background to the Proposed Naming

Council has received a request to assign an appropriate name to this road area as development is occurring and a road name is needed. The road to be named is an old government road that has never been formally assigned a name.

Rationale for the Naming Recommendation

Research was undertaken with a view to assigning a name that was linked historically to the place. The name Martha’s Lane was proposed in order to pay homage to one of Ballarat’s earliest Gold rush women. Martha Clendinning was the wife of George and after they arrived in Australia they settled in Ballarat in the mid 1850’s along with many others drawn by the Gold rush. Martha was very active in the community and she described many events, among which was one of the first church services at St Paul’s, Bakery Hill, where she questioned the purpose of the branches of gum leaves near the altar. She soon discovered that these were to combat the masses of flies that swarmed into the building in hot weather! Quite an initiation for immigrants from the cooler climes of England and Ireland! Martha took an active interest in community affairs. She was a member of St Paul’s Church of England, treasurer of the Ladies Benevolent Clothing Society, and was one of the 26 women who helped establish the Ballarat Female Refuge in 1867, the first institution of its nature for single mothers on the Australian goldfields. It is considered that Martha was a woman ahead of her time, compassionate in her deeds and worthy of commemoration. Her link with the nearby St Paul’s Church making her name a suitable one for the road in question.

Submissions and Objections

Interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to make submissions in favour of or against this proposal. Please note: if no valid submissions are received, it will be assumed that there are no objections to this proposal.

For guidance on making a submission, please see the sheet, How to make a submission on a naming proposal, included and which also may be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat Central. Council cannot consider this proposal or any individual submission before the publiccomment period closes, and must consider all valid submissions before making a decision.

Submissions must be in writing and reach the Place Names Officer, Lani Smith by no later than 5pm on Monday July 11, 2016.

Further Information,

Further details about this proposal may be obtained from Council’s Place Names Officer, Lani Smith. The City of Ballarat has also prepared an information sheet to provide guidance for anyone who wishes to request a place be named or renamed, or who may be affected by a naming proposal. The information sheet, titled Naming Proposals – General Information, is included with this correspondence and may also be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre. Details of this proposal also feature on the City of Ballarat website, go to then to Have Your Say, Naming Proposals.