Boroondara City Council (Council) gives notice under the Naming rules for places in Victoria - Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016 of a proposal to name the laneway at the rear of 718-768 Burke Road and 2-6 Holly Street, adjoining 2 Broadway and 15 Cookson Street, Camberwell.

The name proposed is Dennis Lane. The following information is extracted from the Camberwell Historical Society’s newsletter no. 26 September 2016:

“The Australian poet C. J. Dennis is best remembered for his verse novel, “The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke”. First published in October 1915, it sold over 60,000 copies in the first year, and remains the most popular poetry book ever published in Australia. It tells the story of Bill and Doreen - their meeting and courtship, and eventual marriage. It finishes with the birth of their son.

The following year, the sequel, “The Moods of Ginger Mick”, was published, also in October. It takes a minor character from “The Sentimental Bloke”, Bill’s best mate Ginger Mick, and makes him centre stage. Mick enlists in the A.I.F. and is sent to Gallipoli, where he is promoted to Lance Corporal shortly before being killed in battle. “The Moods of Ginger Mick” was almost as popular as “The Sentimental Bloke”, selling 70,000 copies in its first four years.

(Dennis) spent a month or so in early 1915 at the Roberts’ home in Melbourne… before moving into a boarding house at 107 Burke Road, Camberwell... It was while living in this boarding house that Dennis submitted the manuscript for “The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke” to George Robertson of Angus & Robertson in Sydney. It was also here that he wrote the manuscript for “The Moods of Ginger Mick”.

(Historian Louise Blake) established that the property at 832 & 834 Burke Road (on the south eastern corner of Burke and Canterbury Roads) is the property in question. Indeed, it is still being run as a boarding house!”

If you do not support the proposal, please indicate why and/or demonstrate why the proposal does not conform to the Naming rules for places in Victoria - Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016.

For more information on the naming guidelines provided by the State Government, please go to their website.

Make a submission

Submissions should be:

  • posted to: c/o Acting Director Corporate Services, Boroondara City Council, Private Bag 1, Camberwell VIC 3124
  • delivered to: Council’s Office at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell or
  • emailed to: [email protected]

Submissions should be submitted by 12 October 2018.

Any person making a written submission is advised all submissions and personal information in the submission will be handled by Council in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

Council has been unable to locate existing family members to seek permission to use the proposed name and calls for consent from the family or requests family contact details from the community.


Contact John Lorkin, Coordinator Revenue and Property, on 9278 4331 or email j[email protected].