Save Parkes Place! Do NOT rename Parkes Place Queen Elizabeth Terrace.
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Australian Government

Save Parkes Place! Do NOT rename Parkes Place Queen Elizabeth Terrace.

    1. Dr Benjamin Jones
    2. Petition by

      Dr Benjamin Jones

      Sydney, Australia

Australia is a young country and Sir Henry Parkes is one of our few bona fide heroes. A tireless campaigner for a united Australia, he is remembered as the father of federation. It is scandalous that Parkes Place in Canberra is going to be renamed, Queen Elizabeth Terrace. The British royal family has left an indelible mark on Australia and numerous streets, parks and schools across the country are already named to honour various royals. Like her predecessors, the present Queen, Elizabeth II has numerous roads, hospitals and buldings named for her and, of course, her image is on every Australian coin. It is simply not right that our own national heroes should be ignored and have their monuments renamed. If anything, we need more sites named in honour of the great Australians who were born here or who have adopted this country and contributed to it. It is an unacceptable insult to the memory of a great Australian to rename Parkes Place.

In 1901 six states joined together to form an indissoluble commonwealth and the nation of Australia was born. Although many great leaders worked together to bring about event, the architect and chief advocate of Australian federation is Sir Henry Parkes. He is rightly considered the father of federation. Parkes embodies the Australian story. Born in England, he created a new life for himself in Sydney. He contributed to his adopted country in many ways. He was the editor of the Empire newspaper. He was a leading voice against transportation and for self-government. On 5 separate occasions, he was Premier of New South Wales and no one since has spent more time in that role. Parkes greatest achievement, however, was the vision and commitment he displayed when passionately fighting to unite the Australian colonies into one united nation. Ultimately he would die just four years before his vision was realised. Nonetheless, a united Australia is his eternal epitaph.

It is time to stand up for our heroes and for the great Australians who have dedicated their lives to making this country the envy of the world. Say NO to the name change. Save Parkes Place!

Thanks in advance for your support,

Dr Benjamin Thomas Jones

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. 250 signatures plus coverage in the SMH, Age and Canberra Times.

      Dr Benjamin Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Well done everyone - we are actually getting pretty amazing media coverage. I got a call from the Sydney Morning Herald today to let me know they were considering publishing an article on Charles and Camilla's visit and the renaming. What we really need though, is for people to keep sharing. Spread the word, ask your friends, tweet it, facebook it and let's see what a little people power can do. Save Parkes Place!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. We have an article in the Canberra Times!!!

      Dr Benjamin Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone who has joined the fight to save Parkes Place. Our petition has been mentioned in the Canberra Times (

      The government is meekly trying to argue that they are only renaming part of Parkes Place. Talk about missing the point! It is simply not good enough to take away an honour from a deserving Australian hero so that we can name even more sites in honour of our foreign monarchs. Keep posting links, keep making noise, keep passing it on to friends. Let democracy rule.

      Parkes Place renaming sparks a royal row

      Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will officially rename the section Parkes Place as Queen Elizabeth Terrace on Saturday, November 10, as part of their visit to Canberra. Photo: Getty Images One is the Queen of England and Australia; the other is known as the father of Federation.

    5. Reached 200 signatures
    6. 50 signatures already!

      Dr Benjamin Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! I put this petition up late last night when I read about this terrible insult to Sir Henry Parkes and it is great to see early this morning that we have hit 50 signatures. That said, we have only a month to make some serious noise and it will probably take a few thousand voices to get noticed. If you haven't done so please sign (it takes a few seconds) but importantly share it. That is the only way it will go viral. Thanks everyone!

    7. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      As a historian I believe too many names of prominent people from the 19th Century are being lost from our streets. I have just successfully corrected the name Menpes Street on Port Adelaide INCORRECTLY SPELT FOR OVER 75 YEARS. Surely the powers that be can find some other new development site worthy of Queen Elizabeth. A plaque should be put up in Parkes Place to remember Sir Henry for the modern generation.

    • john mahon AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Elizabeth Windsor and her family have done nothing for Australia other than persiodic tours . Parkes was Father of Federation . If it is to be renamed , it should be renamed after a distinguished Australian

    • Gary Mulheron AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We should be seeking oportunities to increase the acknowledgement of Parkes, NOT reducing them. Especially not by substituting QE 11.

    • Alex Burness AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      why isn't this important to me? Parkes means much more to Australia than the Queen, her idleness. Parkes, the 'Father of Federation', though an Englishman by birth, had pride in a young nation, and a particular pride in his countrymen. This is surely a backward-step for Australia, minor though it be, men do not live, and die, pro gloria regnum.

    • matthew ford AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      What a disgracefull display of grovelling, and who rubber stamped this insult on the eve of the centenary of the Federations capital Parkes was instrumental in forming? One can only hope this reinvigorates the republican movement as one is not amused.


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