Change Australian placenames that honour British slavery

Change Australian placenames that honour British slavery

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Mary Coveley started this petition to Daniel Andrews (Premier of Victoria) and

In Australia there are many place-names and historical places that honour people who owned slaves or benefited from slavery in the West Indies in the 1800s.

For example:

  • Barkly Street (St Kilda, Melbourne)
  • Currie Street (Adelaide)
  • Port Augusta (South Australia)
  • Williams Road (South Yarra, Melbourne)
  • Adam Lindsay Gordon statue (Spring Street, Melbourne)
  • Stirling (South Australia)
  • Scotsburn (Victoria)
  • Barkly Tableland (Northern Territory & Queensland)
  • Barkly (Victoria)
  • Musgrave Ranges (South Australia)
  • Como House (Melbourne)
  • Cape Wiles (South Australia)
  • Barkly Street (Ballarat)
  • Darling Park (East Melbourne)
  • Princess Theatre (Melbourne)
  • Black Rock House (Melbourne)
  • Ebden Street (Black Rock, Melbourne)

The law in Victoria and South Australia indicates that place-names are a form of public honour. But honouring people who benefited directly from slavery presents a problem to 21st century Australians.

Similarly, historic places, historical exhibits and websites, as well as statuary that do not mention the connection to slavery conceal important information.

The people who benefited from slavery are not just morally reprehensibly by today's standards. There were many influential people in the 1700s and 1800s who were openly opposed to slavery, including Adam Smith, the 'father of capitalism'.

Signatories of this petition call for state governments and local governments to:

  • audit their jurisdictions for place-names that honour beneficiaries of slavery
  • establish a register of offensive place-names
  • consult citizens in their jurisdictions to see if they believe place-names should be changed

 

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