Aboriginal WWI veterans to have Hammond Park streets named after them


Ron Bradfield Jnr (Cockburn RSL member), Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Digger Cleak OAM (RSL President Cockburn) Picture: Will Russell d453414
Ron Bradfield Jnr (Cockburn RSL member), Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Digger Cleak OAM (RSL President Cockburn) Picture: Will Russell d453414

TWELVE aboriginal men who served Australia in World War I will have streets named after them.

The Geographical Names Committee and Lands Minister Terry Redman recently approved the names for use in a subdivision on Wattleup Road in Hammond Park.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said an extension of Whadjuk Drive was also included in the approval.

“It is estimated that around 50 aboriginal men fought at Gallipoli during WWI with 13 of those men having been identified as coming from Western Australia,” Mr Howlett said.

“Even though there was conflict at home between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people, overseas they served as a united front in defence of country and without discrimination.

“The sad reality is many of our aboriginal servicemen returned home to be denied essential support services.”

The approved road names are Boota Lane, Corbitt Lane, Dickerson Loop, Dimer Way, Hong Lane, Jennings Street, McPhee Road, Melbourne Loop, Naley Lane, Nettup Street, Ralph Lane, Ronan Lane.