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 62 to 62A Lisson Grove and 557 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.

The name proposed is Serle Lane. The following information is provided by the Boroondara Library Services:

“Geoffrey Serle was born at the family home Asolo, Church Street, Hawthorn on 10 March 1922 to Percival, author of Dictionary Australian of Biography, and Dora, an artist. Serle spent his life living in Hawthorn, later setting up his family home at 31 Lisson Grove, Hawthorn. His surroundings were instrumental in his writing, especially in the 1950s and 1960s when Australian history was finding its own identity. 

Serle was educated at Scotch College and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, interrupted by service in the Second World War. Upon graduation in 1946, he won a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University where he completed his D. Phil in 1950. Upon returning to Australia, Serle taught Australian history at University of Melbourne and then Monash University from 1961.

Serle edited Historical Studies Australia and New Zealand (1955-63), was the foundation editor of the La Trobe Library Journal (1966, 1968-1978), composed forty-nine entries for the Australian Dictionary of Biography, becoming its general editor (1975-1988) and was vice-president of the council of the State Library of Victoria (1989-1994). He was a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, the Royal Victorian Historical Society, the Royal Australian Historical Society and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1986. He was also on the Steering Committee that oversaw the writing of the book, A History of Hawthorn (1990-1993).

Serle’s published books include The Melbourne Scene 1803-1956 (1957), The Golden Age (1963), Contemporary Australia (1969), The Rush to be Rich (1971), From Deserts the Prophets Come (1973), John Monash: A Biography (1982), Percival Serle (1988), Sir John Medley (1993), Robin Boyd (1995) and For Australia and Labor: Prime Minister John Curtain (1998). He won the Moomba Book Award for Australian Literature and the University of Melbourne’s Ernest Scott Prize for History for The Golden Age and the Age Book of the Year, the Con Weickhardt and Wilkie Awards for John Monash, which has also had five reprints.”

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 13 December 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 Boroondara City Council, Private Bag 1, Camberwell VIC 3124, delivered to Council’s Office at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell VIC 3124 or emailed to [email protected]

Please direct enquiries to Stephanie Lim, Senior Property Advisor, at 9278 4368 or by email to [email protected].