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 adjoining 88 and 90 High Street South, Kew.

Council received a petition from members of the community requesting this laneway be named.

The name proposed is Blake Lane. The following is some background information in relation to William A Blake:

“About 1908 Mr W A Blake of Highfield Grove purchased at auction, a block of land fronting Denmark Street and opposite Wellington Street. Later that same year, the land fronting High Street South was to be auctioned and Mr Blake suggested to the Hon. James Balfour that he would be prepared to cut five feet off his land for a pathway if Mr Balfour would buy the block facing High Street South, immediately to the rear, and do the same. Mr Balfour agreed and bought the High Street South block. Mr Blake then arranged with a number of other land holders to contribute five pounds each to the cost and legal fees. The vendors of the land also contributed and Kew Council agreed to take over maintenance of the path in the future. At the time, this was convenient for many people as there was a tram stop at Highfield Grove.

Mr Blake held a variety of positions at Holy Trinity Church, Kew during his 76 years as a parishioner. Commencing as a choir boy in 1884, he described himself as “happily married” at Holy Trinity Church in 1898, then continued to serve in positions such as Churchwarden, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Parochial Nominator and Representative in the Diocesan Synod.

Mr Blake retired from active involvement in the parish in 1960, but his extensive records and reminiscences were put to great use when Holy Trinity Church published 'Centenary, Holy Trinity Church of England, Kew, 1863-1963'.”

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, visit the Property and Land Titles website

A person may make a submission on the proposal. Submissions should be submitted by 26 June 2019.

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.

Submissions should be addressed to Director Customer Experience and Business Transformation and:

  • posted to City of Boroondara, Private Bag 1, Camberwell Vic 3124 
  • delivered to the Council offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell Vic 3124, or
  • emailed to [email protected]

Please direct enquiries to John Lorkin, Coordinator Revenue and Property Services, at 9278 4331 or by email to [email protected]

Council has so far been unable to locate existing family members of William A Blake to seek permission to use the proposed name. To this end, we are requesting that any family contact details be passed on from the community, and/or consent from family members.