KBPA Supports Naming Proposal for 'Edith Blake Reserve'

Edith Blake, WW1 Nurse

Edith Blake, WW1 Nurse

The Kogarah Bay Progress Association supports the naming proposal of the South Street Reserve (corner of Montgomery and South Streets, Kogarah) to ‘Edith Blake Reserve’.

Edith Blake, a WWI nurse, Australian heroine and local, was the only Australian nurse to die in WWI as a direct result of enemy action. She was only 32 when the hospital ship she was serving on, the HMHS Glenart Castle was torpedoed off the English coast by a German submarine on 26th February, 1918.

With the reserve being located in the medical precinct, opposite St George Private Hospital, the name change is a wonderful way to pay tribute to and is an important step in acknowledging the ultimate sacrifice Edith Blake made in service as a medical professional to her country. It is also taking positive steps to honour the women who have supported our community and will help preserve our connection to the history of our area.

Read these recent articles from The Leader on the proposal; Aug 29, May 16, Dec 6.

KBPA wrote the following submission to the Geographical Names Board.

support the proposal

write a submission before 21st sept 2019

The community is encouraged to write their own submission to the Geographical Names Board before the closing date 21 Sept 2019. Details below:

Visit Geographical Names Board. Select CURRENT PROPOSALS, scroll down to the Edith Blake link and complete the online form. Or email submissions may be lodged with the Secretary, Geographical Names Board, at ss-gnb@finance.nsw.gov.au or written submissions mailed to 346 Panorama Ave, Bathurst, NSW 2795.