Letters to the Editor | Braidwood Times, February 22

Why not name a district street after the late poet Judith Wright? A letter-writer asks.

Why not name a district street after the late poet Judith Wright? A letter-writer asks.

While reading the recent ‘road naming’ proposals by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, I was disappointed that of the seven proposed names, four were trees with the remaining three named after men. 

In the absence of notable women being recognised, I would like to suggest that QPRC study the excellent Braidwood, Dear Braidwood by Netta Ellis and take note of the chapter ‘The Women of Braidwood’.

There they will read records of courageous women in the early years of Braidwood, such as Ann Gardiner, a midwife who ran a private women’s hospital in Elrington Street; in more recent times, the late renowned Judith Wright, who lived her last 30 years in the district.

When further naming of our streets becomes necessary, could QPRC and residents, please consider the many women in our district who should be honoured and remembered for their achievements and contributions to the community.

Suzi Jarvis, Bendoura